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Who wants to be the next lawmaker cameo?

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Alicia M. Cohn

"Saturday Night Live" -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is waiting for your call.

"Sure I'd do it," he told Yeas & Nays when asked about interest in joining fellow lawmakers who have filmed recent sitcom cameos. "We have to be serious about what we do, but not take ourselves too seriously."

His favorite, "Seinfeld," is not an option, but Hoeven suggested SNL.

Hoeven and other lawmakers mingled at a reception hosted by The Atlantic/National Journal at the Library of Congress before the State of the Union, where at least one member of Congress sipped bourbon at the sampling table set up by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Rep. John Carney, D-Del., said he'd "try to avoid" a sitcom appearance. He said he is better off playing the "laugh track" and letting others do the comedy.

And Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif. doesn't watch many sitcoms and only stays caught up on "Downton Abbey."

"I just got hooked on it when it first started, and it was kind of a secret thing," she told Yeas & Nays.

But Matsui revealed she plans to dress up -- tea-length gown and all -- for a "Downton" themed "tea" with friends back in her district next week.

"I don't have the gloves, though," she admitted.

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