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March 14, 2013


Lawmakers Headed to Rome

David Hawkings: "You'll have Pope Francis to thank for a shortened period of legislating next week -- and for an exception to new limitations on members' overseas trips imposed by the sequester. House votes are sure to be called off Tuesday, the day of the papal inaugural mass at the Vatican, and more than a dozen lawmakers are likely to be sent there as the official congressional delegation."

"Politically, there are two very simple rationales for scrambling the pre-recess schedule and spending more than is in the budget on a quick round trip to Rome: The American public won't mind, and the members of Congress will demand it."

USA Today reports Vice President Biden will lead a U.S. delegation to Rome for the installation ceremony of Pope Francis.












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