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December 21, 2014

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December 17, 2014

McConnell Announces New Senate Sergeant-at-Arms

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Willison will join the ranks of former SAAs (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is sweeping the decks at the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office, replacing SAA Drew Willison with former Navy SEAL and Defense Department alumnus Frank J. Larkin for the 114th Congress.

James W. Morhard, a former chief of staff on the Senate Appropriations Committee with more than 20 years of experience in the chamber, returns to Capitol Hill after a decade in the private sector to replace Michael Stenger in the No. 2 spot in the office, the Kentucky Republican announced on Wednesday. Full story

November 10, 2014

New Member Orientation Welcomes New Class of Lawmakers

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Rep. Cheri Bustos checks in at 2012 orientation. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Getting to know fellow freshmen, attending panels about the institution, and posing for a class photo are staples of orientation during the first year of college. The same goes for the first year in Congress.

Orientation, set for the second week of November, will welcome newly elected House members and senators. Over the course of several panels and meetings, these new members will learn the ins and outs of lawmaking.

The members-elect will arrive on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Nov. 12. House orientation is spread out over two weeks, while the 11 (and potentially 13) new senators will have three days to learn from current senators. Full story

July 8, 2014

Health Insurance for Congress and Staff: It’s Complicated

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DC HealthLink sent representatives to the Hart Senate Office Building to help employees with health insurance enrollment last December. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As members of Congress and their staffs head into their second year of enrollment in D.C.’s health exchange, they’ll decide among plans that range from a double-digit increase to a double-digit percent decrease in premiums, even as providers go in different directions that will result in fewer overall plans to choose from.

Congress accounts for more than a quarter of the 50,520 people enrolled in the D.C. health exchange. As of July 1, there were 12,906 members of Congress and staffers enrolled in DC SHOP plans, according to D.C. Health Benefit Exchange spokeswoman Linda Wharton Boyd.

It is unclear which of the four carriers providing coverage to Congress is most popular among members and staffers. Boyd said D.C.’s health benefit exchange did not release carrier statistics to the public. But each carrier has taken a varied approach to premiums and the number of plans offered to Capitol Hill workers.

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