Long Lines to Pick Up Swearing-in Tickets
People are experiencing long waits to pick up tickets to tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony from congressional offices at the Longworth House Office Building. One man said he had been in line for an hour and was still a half block away. People are lined up outside the building just to get through the metal detectors, with lines stretched around the block.
Members of the public who got already were awarded tickets fom their congressional representatives are required to pick them up in person from the legislators' offices, and many are doing so today.
Heather Shumaker, 39, a writer from Traverse City, Mich., was in line holding her infant son, Luke, outside the Cannon House Office Building. She had been in line for two hours to pick up two tickets from U.S. Rep Dave Camp. She said she did not expect such a long line. "I wouldn't have brought the baby," she said.
She said Camp's office had planned to close at noon today but announced it would stay open longer.because of the lines. It appears to be an office-by-office decision how late to remain open today, so call your representative to be sure about the hours.
By Michael E. Ruane
David A Nakamura
January 19, 2009; 12:08 PM ET
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