Senators, staffers and other employees toting boxes and files returned to work at the Hart Senate Office Building Tuesday for the first time since the building was closed on Oct. 17, when an anthrax-laced letter opened in the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle prompted cleanup that lasted for months. Daschle, whose office won't be fully restored until March, made a statement to the media before heading into the building Tuesday. As staffers reorganized their offices, one described the cramped temporary offices she had to share with members of opposing parties. Another said that despite the three-month old documents on his desk, things were suprisingly back to normal.
Interviews: Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), media statement McLane Layton, legislative counsel for Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) Tom Mahr, legislative director for Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND)