We the (Pocket-Sized) People

Posted September 12, 2003 at 3:40pm

The Joint Committee on Printing will distribute pocket-sized copies of the Constitution to Members’ offices beginning today.

Each office will receive 1,000 copies of the document, as well as any additional copies Members have ordered. [IMGCAP(1)]

For questions related to an order, House offices can contact Maria Robinson, (202) 225-8281, and Senate offices can contact Martha Scott Poindexter, (202) 224-3521.

Relevant Reading. House and Senate offices began receiving copies of a Sept. 11, 2001, tribute book last week from the Joint Committee on Printing.

“Commemorative Joint Meeting of the Congress of the United States: In Remembrance of the Victims and Heroes of September 11, 2001” includes a transcript from the ceremonial joint session held in New York City Sept. 6, 2002, statements from the Congressional Record, and a list of the victims killed in the terrorists attacks.

Senate offices will receive 25 copies of the book, and House offices will receive 15 copies each.

Staffer Honored. To recognize his 13 years of work assisting the Coast Guard, House Appropriations staff member Rich Efford was given the Distinguished Public Service award Wednesday.

The honor, the most prestigious given to civilians from the Coast Guard, is presented after years of exemplary dedication and influence.

“This award isn’t given out like popcorn,” said Adm. Thomas Collins, Coast Guard commandant.

Calling the award “tremendous” and the “finest professional honor anyone has ever bestowed on me,” Efford showed his gratitude before a crowd of 50 people, including Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.).

“This honor was truly deserved,” Rogers said of his colleague. “I am proud of Rich’s patriotism to his country. He is truly a public servant.”

Since 1990, Efford has worked with the Coast Guard on appropriations issues, overseeing its capital account and reviewing budget requests.

— Jennifer Yachnin and Jessica L. Brady