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October 31, 2012

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Heritage Slates Orientation for New Lawmakers

Washington, D.C., Oct. 31, 2012--With less than a week until Election Day, top experts in domestic and foreign policy at The Heritage Foundation are gearing up to brief newcomers to Congress.

Heritage, the nation’s leading conservative think tank, has scheduled its 10th biannual New Members Orientation for shortly after Thanksgiving—on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. Every two years since 1992, Heritage has invited newly elected members of the U.S. House and Senate to a bipartisan series of briefings on key issues.

“We expect more than 60 new members to be headed to Washington from all over the country,” Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner said. “Those who attend our sessions will get the nuts and bolts of critical issues for 2013 from Heritage policy experts and guest speakers -- from controlling spending and reforming the tax system to keeping our military strong.”

The bipartisan meetings will take place for the most part at Heritage’s two buildings on Capitol Hill. The schedule is expected to include a phalanx of Heritage experts, among them Matthew Spalding, Nina Owcharenko and Stuart Butler. Guest speakers for previous orientations include author Amity Shlaes, commentator William Kristol and former UN Ambassador John Bolton.

The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with nearly 700,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Founded in 1973, it develops and promotes policy solutions that advance free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional values and a strong national defense.

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