Brad Pitt strolls through the Capitol to meet with Congressional leaders. Photo via: Flickr
While his wife was busy at work, Brad Pitt headed to the Mall. When the actor showed up on Capitol Hill, Congress seized the opportunity to hold a press conference. This wasn't just the curious case of a showbiz star arriving for a photo op to meet President Obama. A Washington D.C. insider tells us the actor was accompanied by Hollywood producer Steve Bing and political strategist Chad Griffin to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about the Make It Right Foundation's sustainable housing project in New Orleans. Rep. James Clyburn, House Majority Whip and head of the Hurricane Katrina-Rita Task Force, expressed his appreciation for Pitt's charity, which the actor and Bing helped finance with $5 million donation each. In a reference to A Streetcar Named Desire, the Crescent City classic, Clyburn thanked them for the "kindness [or rather, beneficence] of strangers."
On the video of the press conference at The Huffington Post, Clyburn and Pelosi mention their bragging rights with family members over meeting the actor. In speaking of his rebuilding effort for low-income residents, Pitt said of the green homes with lower utility bills: "We can expand this idea of affordability and sustainability, because we think we have a model that works."
House and Home Bills
Pitt's pitch happened to coincide with the debate in the House of Representatives over the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, offering relief from foreclosures. Also, Sen. Reid announced plans for a green power energy bill, proposing the Federal government's support of connecting renewable energy to the nation's electrical grid with solar, wind and hydrothermal power. Pitt's party also met with Energy Czar Carol Browner.
The 150-home community which began opening doors last November, grew out of Pitt's involvement with Global Green's Holy Cross housing project in 2006. Like the environmental reconstruction efforts in Greensburg, Kansas, which the President referenced in his address to Congress last week, it seems crisis presents the opportunity for green building.
Between filming a Columbia Picture's spy thriller, Salt, Angelina Jolie, who's an envoy to the U.N., fit in a meeting with the Council on Foreign Relations and a visit with the kids to Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum for some star gazing of their own.
More on Brad Pitt's eco-adventures:
Built on Stilts: Images from the New Ninth Ward in New Orleans
Brad Pitt's New Orleans Houses Under Construction
Brad Pitt, Steve Bing Plan New 150-Home Community in New Orleans
Brad Pitt's Dream Green Job
Brad Pitt Lends His Voice to e2 Transport
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