Since we went to print Wednesday afternoon, HOH has gathered a few more tidbits from the first day of Congress. Some highlights:
• Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, made the rounds during receptions held for new and returning Senators on Wednesday night. The Bidens showed up to events for a bipartisan batch of Members, including Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Dan Coats (R-Ind.) Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
• Speaking of Biden, HOH hears he received quite an unusual government spending request Wednesday. As Sen. Johnny Isakson posed for his mock swearing-in photo alongside the veep, the Georgia Republican’s young grandson asked Biden whether construction workers could build a Legoland theme park at the Capitol, according to a tipster. No word on whether stimulus funds could be used to sponsor the project.
• A tipster points out that among those posing with Rep. Lois Capps for her mock swearing-in photograph with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday was her daughter, Laura Burton Capps. Missing from the family picture was the Congresswoman’s son-in-law, Bill Burton. Perhaps he had a job interview at the White House?
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.