Sen. Chris Dodd meets his wife, Jackie, and daughters Grace and Christina after giving his farewell speech Tuesday on the Senate floor, capping a 36-year Congressional career. “What will determine whether this institution works or not, what has always determined whether we will fulfill the framers’ highest hopes or justify the cynics’ worst fears, is not the Senate rules, the calendar or the media,” the retiring Connecticut Democrat said. “It is whether each of the 100 Senators can work together — living up to the incredible honor that comes with the title, and the awesome responsibility that comes with the office.”
From left, Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., David Goldman, the father of a child who was abducted to Brazil by the mother, and Arvind Chawdra, a father whose two children were abducted to India by their mother, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction.
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.