Reid to Lead CODEL to Boston for Kennedy Funeral

Posted August 27, 2009 at 10:27am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will lead a Congressional delegation to Boston on Saturday for the funeral of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), aides said late Wednesday.

Although details of the delegation were still being worked out, aides in both parties said a number of Senators, including Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), will attend. Other Members of both leadership teams as well as rank-and-file Senators, also will participate in the funeral services.

Kennedy, in his 47th year in the Senate, died Tuesday night of brain cancer at the age of 77.

President Barack Obama will eulogize Kennedy during a private funeral Saturday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston. Vice President Joseph Biden and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) are expected to speak at a private memorial service Friday at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.

Kennedy will be buried Saturday afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia near his brothers former President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.).

With Congress in recess and Members at home or on trips abroad, Democratic and Republican leadership aides spent much of Wednesday trying to work out travel arrangements for Members who wish to attend Kennedy’s funeral, aides said.