The Monocle this week is celebrating 50 years of stuffing Members and staffers with steak and booze.
The Capitol Hill restaurant is fêting the occasion with a party Wednesday night co-hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. More than a dozen Members of Congress are slated to attend, including Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Connie Mack IV (R-Fla.). Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are also scheduled to attend, as is Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The soiree is being billed as a “historical trip down Memory Lane” with humorist Mark Russell sharing stories of life on Capitol Hill. Proceeds from the party will benefit the historical society’s educational programming.
The Monocle will also host an after hours “Mad Men”-style party today beginning at 8:30 p.m. HOH thinks Old Fashioneds may be in order.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.