Rep. Candice Miller is especially happy with the seniority ranking for the 112th Congress assigned to her by the House Sergeant-at-Arms.
The Michigan Republican was given the rank of 218, which is the number of votes required to reach a simple majority in the House, a fact that was not lost on Miller.
“This is quite a lucky number to receive,” she said on hearing the news. “Makes me think I should play the lottery!”
Not so fast. Turns out there is a bit of confusion over Miller’s seniority ranking. According to the Clerk of the House, she is No. 219, but according to the Sergeant-at-Arms, she is 218. In fact, the Sergeant-at-Arms issued Miller a license plate that reads “H-218.”
No word on why there is a discrepancy; calls to the offices of the Clerk of the House and the House Sergeant-at-Arms were not returned by press time.
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.