WASHINGTON -- Less than a day after his swearing in, Senator Scott Brown has left for Boston for the weekend.
Staffers said Brown will be back Monday for Senate votes, including one on President Obama's nominee to the National Labor Relations Board, Craig Becker, who Republicans hope to filibuster.
Brown's staff that remained in Washington settled into his temporary office today, a trailer that's connected to the Russell Senate Building. The trailer will be Brown's office for about two weeks, before he moves up two stories into what was once Senator Ted Kennedy's office.
Paul Kirk's name placard was already removed from that office door, which was locked shut. His staff cleared out yesterday.
Before Brown left Washington around 1 p.m., he began what is known as Senate orientation, a program for all new senators run by the Secretary of the Senate. Today, Brown was briefed on ethics and congressional accountability, said Beth Provenzano, the Secretary of the Senate's deputy chief of staff.
Brown will finish orientation next week with sessions on Senate rules, parliamentary procedure, history of the Senate and life in the Senate. Other senators lead some of the sessions, like life in the Senate, but Provenzano said there's no word yet on who will be talking to Brown.
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