Aides say the Byrd family has requested that the body of the late Sen. Robert Byrd lie in repose in the Senate chamber on Thursday.
Byrd's casket would be placed in the well of the Senate where he served longer than any other American in history.
This type of tribute has occurred a number of times but not since 1959. Byrd was the only member of the current Senate in office then. ***CORRECTION*** The last senator to lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, was former Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R- IL), who died in 1969.