Kennedy funeral procession arrives in Boston

Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) body arrived at his brother’s presidential library Thursday as lawmakers around the country made plans to attend Saturday's funeral.

Following a brief, private Mass held in a large sunroom facing the ocean at the Kennedys’ Hyannis Port house, the senator’s flag-covered coffin was taken in a hearse that wound through the streets of Boston for about three hours before reaching the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on a nearby point.

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The funeral procession followed a route lined with well-wishers and punctuated with family memories — the church where Kennedy’s mother was baptized, the downtown building that housed his Senate office, another where he worked as an assistant district attorney and eventually the presidential museum where his brother is memorialized.

Dozens of lawmakers are scrambling to attend either the funeral or burial for Kennedy, who died at 77 late Tuesday night after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.), Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGun proposal picks up GOP support Durbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration MORE (D-Ill.) and Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (N.Y.) all plan to attend Saturday’s funeral, but not the burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Schumer also plans to attend Friday night’s two-hour “Celebration of Life” memorial service, styled after an Irish wake.

Among Republican leaders, Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (Ky.) plans to attend Saturday’s funeral, but not the burial. GOP Policy Chairman John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGun proposal picks up GOP support Overnight Regulation: Senate panel approves driverless car bill | House bill to change joint-employer rule advances | Treasury to withdraw proposed estate tax rule | Feds delaying Obama methane leak rule Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE of South Dakota and Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziThis week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform How the effort to replace ObamaCare failed Senate GOP budget paves way for .5T in tax cuts MORE of Wyoming, the ranking member of Kennedy’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, aren’t attending either event. Travel plans were unavailable for GOP Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona and Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderChildren’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Schumer calls for attaching ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance MORE of Tennessee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will attend the funeral in Boston, as will House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.). Other members, like Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Regulation: Trump temporarily lifts Jones Act for Puerto Rico | Bill would exempt some banks from Dodd-Frank | Senators unveil driverless car bill Calif. AG: Trump backs down on greenhouse gas rule Overnight Energy: California cities sue oil giants over climate change MORE (D-Calif.), vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, are planning to attend the burial at Arlington but are not making the trip to Boston.

Overall, an international retinue including Ireland’s Prime Minister Brian Cowen is expected to join at least 44 sitting senators and 10 former senators, including Birch Bayh (D-Ind.), who rescued Kennedy from a 1964 plane crash in Massachusetts, according to The Associated Press.

Kennedy’s body is to lie in repose at the JFK Library throughout Thursday night and all day and night on Friday. President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE is scheduled to deliver a eulogy at Saturday’s funeral.

A private burial ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery, near the graves of President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. So far, the sole public event scheduled is a brief “rolling stop” at the Senate’s east steps sometime after 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Senate sergeant at arms’s office is coordinating travel for senators, and has at least one bus to take senators to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where they will board a plane to fly to an undisclosed airfield in the Boston area. Details are still being planned.

“I think senators and their families and spouses are still making arrangements to get here,” said Terry Gainer, the Senate sergeant at arms.

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The Senate sergeant at arms's office is in charge of all large congressional movement to and from the Capitol — such as when lawmakers travel to political conventions — and tightly coordinates its efforts with local police. In Kennedy’s case, with all of the living presidents expected to join Obama in Boston, the office has also been working closely with the Secret Service.

An extreme example of a scrambling lawmaker is Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.), who heard the news of Kennedy’s death while on a congressional delegation trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. McGovern cut that trip short and embarked on a marathon 26-hour journey from Kabul to Boston, with stops in Kuwait and Germany along the way, to ensure arrival in Boston for the Kennedy funeral.

“When we heard the news, there was never a question of whether Jim would come back, but how fast he could make it,” said Michael Mershon, spokesman for McGovern.

“Ted Kennedy was always there for him. Always. And it went beyond the political and legislative stuff. When Jim and Lisa’s first child was born, the very first call that Jim got at the hospital was from Ted Kennedy. And he wants to be there to say goodbye.”

McGovern is expected to arrive in Boston on Friday afternoon to attend the public viewing in addition to the funeral on Saturday.

Many lawmakers rearranged their plans so they could attend the Boston service or the burial service Saturday evening. Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (D-Alaska), for example, postponed a trip for Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerTrump riles Dems with pick for powerful EPA job Pelosi's chief of staff stepping down Time is now to address infrastructure needs MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE (I-Vt.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowDems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada Red-state Dems need more from Trump before tax embrace Stabenow: ‘Kid Rock might actually win the Republican primary’ MORE (D-Mich.) to come to Alaska this weekend to view examples of the effects of climate change.

Though the Senate sergeant at arms's office will fly senators back from Boston to Andrews Air Force Base, the office will have a small role in getting the lawmakers to the Arlington service if they plan on attending.

“Because that’s a private event, there will be much less involvement by the sergeant at arms's office,” Gainer said of the Arlington burial service. “But we’re still working with the family as to how we’ll do that. I do believe that it will be largely driven by the family and the invitations, so we’ll have a negligible role in that.”