House Movers Shuffle 182 Offices Over Recess

Congress buzzes with activity even without lawmakers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2008 6:11 PM CST
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(Newser) – Congress may be on Christmas recess, but movers are working overtime to shuffle the contents of 182 House offices to new digs for the new session beginning Jan. 6. Returning members of Congress are trading up to bigger offices, better views, or more convenient locations, CQ reports. New members of Congress are assigned offices by lottery.

“The most fun was getting to pick out your new office,” said a freshman representative from Mississippi. “We drew number 7 out of 54 and wound up in Cannon 307, a great location.” Working 6 days a week, staff says every computer and piece of furniture will be in its new place before Jan. 2.