Rep. Patrick Kennedy wants everyone to know that his family is really, really awesome. With his time in Congress winding down, the retiring Rhode Island Democrat took more than a few moments Thursday to honor not one, not two, but seven members of his famous family on the House floor.
The Congressman gushed about everyone from Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, to California first lady Maria Shriver. He even mentioned below-the-radar cousins, such as documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, taking the time to discuss each of their careers and philanthropies. He even tipped his hat to longtime family friend and RFK campaign staffer Paul Schrade.
No word on why Rep. Kennedy decided to get all sentimental and have a love fest on the floor; his office did not return a request for comment by press time. Guess he’s gotta do it while he can.
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.