If you get to Washington, you might want to schedule to have breakfast with your Congressional delegation.
The Nebraska Congressional delegation has announced its schedule for the Nebraska Breakfast, held each Wednesday in Washington, D. C. when Congress is in session.
“We’re pleased to kick off another year of this great tradition and look forward to the give-and-take these breakfasts offer,” The delegation said in a joint-written statement. “Nebraskans have a chance to introduce themselves, tell us why they are in Washington, and what issues are of particular concern to them. All five members of the delegation are able to respond to their issues, tell them what we’re working on that particular week and offer some insight as to what they might expect.”
It is too late for the first breakfast, hosted this morning by Sen. Ben Nelson. Nelson will host all the 2012 Nebraska Breakfasts. They are scheduled for:
February: 1, 8, 15, 29
March: 7, 21, 28
April: 18, 25
May: 9, 16
June: 6, 20, 27
July: 11, 18, 25
Sen. Hugh Butler originated the Nebraska Breakfast in 1943. Butler wanted to meet informally each week to discuss federal legislation with other members of the Nebraska delegation. Members began invited guests. Soon, a tradition was born.
Now in its sixth decade, the Nebraska Breakfast is the oldest and only ongoing state gathering for constituents on Capitol Hill. Every Wednesday when the House and Senate are both in session, Nebraskans can meet and visit with their delegation.
Breakfast begins at 8am, usually held in the Dirksen Senate Buffet on the “B” level of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
To make a reservation, contact one of the members of the delegation, either by phone or through their websites:
Senator Nelson: 202-224-6551; Bennelson.senate.gov
Senator Johanns: 202-224-4224; Johanns.senate.gov
Rep. Terry: 202-225-4155; Leeterry.house.gov
Rep. Fortenberry 202-225-4806; Fortenberry.house.gov
Rep. Smith: 202-225-6435; Adriansmith.house.gov