Hochul to be sworn in Wednesday afternoon

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Rep.-elect Kathy Hochul will be sworn in as New York’s 26th Congressional District representative Wednesday afternoon, according to a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner.

The ceremony on the House floor will be held between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. followed by a mock swearing-in where Hochul will pose with family members for photos.

Hochul, a Democrat who won a special election last week in which the top voter issue became the Republican plan to overhaul Medicare, will begin serving the same day the House takes up fiscal 2012 appropriations bills.

The first one on the floor Wednesday will be the Homeland Security Department spending bill. Later this week the House will take up spending bills for military construction and for the Department of Veterans Affairs and related agencies.

Hochul  is taking over the suite in the Longworth House Office Building occupied by former Republican Rep. Chris Lee until his resignation in February. She also will occupy the two district offices in the Buffalo suburb of Williamsville and the Rochester suburb of Greece.

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