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Mass. congressional delegation summer vacation

While the Obamas flee Washington, D.C., for another Martha’s Vineyard vacation (scheduled to start August 9), members of our US congressional delegation are taking a break of their own.

Here, a sampling of plans for the August recess.

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SENATOR ED MARKEY

  • > SERVE as keynote speaker at screening of documentary on musician Glen Campbell’s life with Alzheimer’s, first week of August; discuss need for more medical research into the disease

  • > CATCH UP on blockbuster movie viewing


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REPRESENTATIVE NIKI TSONGAS

  • > TRAVEL to Ohio to visit House Armed Services Committee colleague Representative Mike Turner, with whom she co-chairs the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus; meet at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and elsewhere

  • > WELCOME Turner to Massachusetts for meetings and visit to Hanscom Air Force Base

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REPRESENTATIVE KATHERINE CLARK

  • > HOST at least two “Coffee with Katherine” events with constituents

  • > TEND to her three sons, husband, and parents — and try to persuade family to adopt pet from ASPCA that she fell in love with

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REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD NEAL

  • > ATTEND public swearing-in of US District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni in Springfield

  • > JOIN retirement party of close friend on Springfield Police force

  • > SPEND time in Berkshires and read James Joyce’s “Dubliners” and James Madison biography

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REPRESENTATIVE JIM MCGOVERN

  • (member of House Agriculture Committee)

  • > ATTEND Greenfield’s Free Harvest Supper and Really, Really Free Market (which distributes excess produce donated by farmers) on August 17

  • > TOUR farms in state’s western half August 19-20

  • > SPEND week in Maine with family

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REPRESENTATIVE JOE KENNEDY

  • > CO-HOST screening of documentary about immigrant high schoolers winning robotics contest, at Museum of Science on Thursday; moderate panel with executive producer Jeb Bush Jr.

  • > SPEND time with wife and family

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REPRESENTATIVE MIKE CAPUANO

  • > CATCH UP on work

  • > SPEAK at unveiling of Google’s new Cambridge offices on Tuesday

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HOT STUFF

  • 1970 — Year that the Legislative Reorganization Act stipulated that Congress recess for the month of August; before that, members took the break by tradition, all but forced by the hot, humid weather in Washington, D.C., and the poor ventilation in the Capitol

  • “No good legislation ever comes out of Washington after June.”

  • John Nance Garner (pictured, left, with President Franklin Roosevelt), former House speaker and US vice president

87 DEGREES

  • Average high temperature for August in D.C.

89 DEGREES

  • Average for July, the warmest month

1928

  • Year that “manufactured weather,’’ or air conditioning, significantly improved the temperature of the House of Representatives’ windowless chamber; the company that designed it promised it would “guard the Health, assure the Comfort and inspire the Achievement of the Nation’s representatives.” (The Senate chamber followed the next year.)

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