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Inaugural Ceremonies

The inauguration of the nation’s 44th President is generating an unprecedented level of excitement. Millions are expected to gather on the National Mall to witness the swearing in of Barack Obama as America’s first African American President. Tuesday, January 20, 2009 will be indelibly marked in the hearts and minds of all who embrace the freedoms and opportunities offered by our great country. The significance of the occasion is underscored by the fact that it comes just one day following the observance of the birth of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and days before the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

To assist you with information regarding Inaugural events please click this link for schedules and ticket information. This site is updated regularly and will provide the most accurate information: www.inaugural.senate.gov.

Parking on the Capitol Complex will be severely limited. All visitors are strongly encouraged to take public transportation.

Due to an overwhelming response for tickets to the President’s Inauguration we have closed our list and are no longer taking names. With or without a ticket you can still witness the swearing in ceremony. Tickets are not required for visitors willing to position themselves on the National Mall at 4th Street SW back towards the Washington Monument. It’s expected that large television screens will be placed all along the mall area for your viewing pleasure.

Swearing In Ceremony
On Inauguration Day, gates will open at 9am and a musical prelude is scheduled to begin at 10:30am. The ceremony begins promptly at 11:30am. The President will be sworn in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Inaugural Parade
The Presidential Inaugural Committee organizes the Inaugural Parade. The parade begins at approximately 2:00 pm following the activities at the Capitol. The parade is open to the public with non-ticketed viewing areas. Requests by bands, schools, military personnel, etc. to participate in the Inauguration day events are collected by the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee: www.afic.northcom.mil. After requests are collected they are submitted to the Presidential Inaugural Committee for participant selection. The parade route will follow Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.

Inaugural Balls and Parties
The Presidential Inaugural Committee plans all official balls, galas, receptions, parties and the official Inaugural Day Parade. These events do require tickets. Please note that my office does not have access to these tickets. Updated information can be found at: www.inaugural.senate.gov.

Very truly yours,
Chaka Fattah 

Introduced by Congressman Fattah in the 110th: 

    H.R. 3317 – GEAR UP Enhancement Act  
    The bill amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve and enhance the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). Read More on HR 3317   


    H.R. 2130 – Comprehensive Transform America Transaction Fee Act of 2007  
    The bill directs the Secretary of the Treasury to conduct an in-depth study on the implementation of a transaction fee in the United States to replace all existing federal taxes. The bill is currently before the House Committee on Ways and Means. Read More on HR 2130   


    H.R. 2373 – Student Bill of Rights  
    The legislation calls for the Secretary of Education to make annual determinations as to whether each state's public school system provides all its students with educational resources to succeed academically and in life. Currently, the legislation is being reviewed by the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Read More on HR 2373


    H. R. 2477 – State Child Well-Being Research Act of 2007  
    The legislation amends Part A (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) (TANF) of Title IV of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop comprehensive indicators to assess child well-being in each state. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Read More on HR 2477 from www.childindicators.com



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