We’ve been shooting Richard Burr tooling around Capitol Hill in his ’74 VW Thing for years, but it wasn’t until now that we got the story behind the beast. Our new intern sat down with the Senator last week to learn more about the car, and as I combed through our photo archives, I realized how many great shots we had taken. In this one from December 2009, Burr cruised through the snow on a cold morning to make a Senate vote. He told the intern that he always drives with the top down, and this photo shows he wasn’t kidding.
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.