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Freshmen Arrive for Crash Course on Congress

Saturday, 13 Nov 2010 01:12 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — This coming week is freshman orientation on Capitol Hill, and the class of 2010 is getting a crash course on how to navigate in Congress for the next two years.

More than 90 newly elected lawmakers — that's 85 Republicans and just nine Democrats — will need directions for getting around their new workplace before they start dealing with the direction of the country.

Even before they learn lawmaking, they'll be figuring out how to live with a new set of rules, customs and rituals. On hand to help are an array of congressional committees and veterans, and a constellation of foundations and lobbyists.

There are seminars on everything from setting up an office to hiring staff — even on the electronic voting system in the House.

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