Jada Pinkett Smith appeared on the Hill Wednesday, her second visit this year, to headline the launch of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking. Flanked by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Pinkett Smith briefly remarked on the state of human slavery in the United States before turning things over to two survivors of trafficking.
Blumenthal and Portman, who will lead the 13-person caucus, both delivered bipartisan-themed comments. Portman revealed a fun personal fact -- his mother's family, who were Quakers, were involved in the Underground Railroad in Ohio in the 19th century -- and addressed Pinkett Smith's daughter Willow, who was sitting attentively in the packed Russell Building room.
"I asked if she was skipping school," Portman said, "and she said 'no, this is school.' "