The scene in DC: Sen. Casey will bunk in his office

Inquirer staff writer Chris Mondics reports:

The crowds thronging the capitol and nearby Union Station today gave some hint of the crush expected tomorrow.

At the Russell Senate office building, visitors stood in line for a half hour or more waiting to pass through security. For a short time this afternoon, much of Union Station, the city's main rail station, was closed, and the crowds there were funneled through a handful of narrow security gates.

Authorities were predicting that crowds would begin forming on the mall by 6 a.m. Tuesday. In response, Sen. Robert Casey (D., Pa.) planned along with his chief of staff, James W. Brown, to spend the night in his office in the Russel building.

Brown said there was concern that they might not be able to get to the swearing in otherwise.

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