House Freshmen in Washington for Orientation
To learn “nuts and bolts” of their new jobs
Under tight security, new members of the House of Representatives and their staffs pulled up in front of a hotel about a mile from the Capitol. The freshmen members of both political parties have streamed into Washington this week for orientation and the do’s and do not’s of their new jobs.
A record number of women and a young generation make up the biggest and most diverse class of new lawmakers in decades.
“I hope that we are ushering in a new era,” said Massachusetts Representative-elect Ayanna Pressley.
The new Congress won’t be sworn in until January 3. Meanwhile, the newcomers are learning about their budgets, the necessity of a place to live in Washington, and party organizational activities. The big issues will wait for another time.
- For each new member of the House of Representatives and the Senate to put away campaign rhetoric and be ready to work with members from both sides of the aisle.
- For the current Congress as they must continue to work in the “lame duck” session, as there are bills pending and decisions to be made.