There are still details to be sorted out before Tuesday, such as where in the Capitol Visitor Center the orientation will be held. Organizers also need to nail down the number of rooms to be reserved — each Member gets a room, along with one aide.
Not knowing the exact size of the new class and how it will break along party lines — and having to make arrangements regardless of these unknowns — is what makes orientation planning, in Fleet’s words, “half science, half art.”
Correction: Nov. 8, 12:06 p.m.
An earlier version of this story misidentified one of the Members-elect who will be sworn in for the lame-duck session. The Representative-elect from Michigan is Dave Curson (D).
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.