Thursday, January 04, 2007

The big day....

Democrats officially assume positions of power today as the 110th Congress convenes for the 2007 legislative session. But a good portion of today will focus on ceremony and celebration. It will be a busy day. Here's a quick look at today's activities.

It all starts in less than an hour. At 9 a.m. Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and the House leadership are hosting a bipartisan Interfaith Prayer Service in honor of men and women in uniform at St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Follow the service, members of Congress will head to the Capitol. At noon, the official swearing in ceremonies in the House and Senate starts - and then history will be made in the House when members vote for Speaker, making Pelosi the first woman ever to hold that office.

In order to accommodate friends and supporters who have traveled to the Capitol to participate, U.S. Reps.-elect Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and Chris Murphy, D-5th District, have arranged for a "viewing party" at the Rayburn House Office Building where the ceremony will be broadcast on closed circuit television.

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman is hosting an invitation-only luncheon for his friends and supporters at the Park Hyatt at 1:30 p.m. About dozen eastern Connecticut Democrats who supported Lieberman's independent bid for re-election last year will be attending.

A separate, private ceremonial swearing in will take place at the Capitol at 3 p.m. It is restricted to family members and local media. Murphy and Courtney - along with other new members - will be sworn in individually by the new House Speaker. They do this because cameras are not permitted on the House floor - so it's an opportunity to capture one of those "Kodak" moments.

Courtney has scheduled an open house in his new offices over at the Cannon House Office Building from 2:30 to 5 p.m. A chance for him to meet with constituents who came down for today's ceremonies, and a chance for constituents to meet with his Washington and District staffs.

At 6 p.m. the partying swings into full speed:

Lieberman is hosting another party for supporters at Union Station.

Connecticut's incumbent Democratic congressional members, U.S. Reps. John Larson and Rosa DeLauro are hosting a Connecticut delegation party for supporters where Courtney and Murphy and thier guests will be honored. the same time...Speaker Pelosi will be hosting the Swearing-in Celebration Concert at the National Building Museum.


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