Morning Business: In His Honor

Posted July 7, 2008 at 5:52pm

Funeral services for former Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), who died July 4, have been set for 2 p.m. today at the Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C.

[IMGCAP(1)]Helms, 86, lived his later years in a convalescent home in North Carolina.

A public viewing was held on Monday at the church.

But no services have been planned for Capitol Hill, where Helms served for 30 years.

Flags were lowered to half-staff at the Capitol and will remain so until late this evening in honor of the North Carolina Republican.

Both North Carolina GOP Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr plan to attend the funeral services. Dole replaced Helms in 2003 after the Senator retired because of poor health. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will also be on hand and will deliver one of the eulogies.

Helms, first elected in 1972, once chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he took hard-line conservative stances against foreign aid to developing countries as well as government support for abortion programs. Some of his positions caused problems for members of his own party, including President Ronald Reagan.