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Image of U.S. Capitol in 1800
November 21, 1800

Following residence in New York and Philadelphia, the Senate reached a quorum for the first time in Washington, D.C.

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Monday, Nov 30, 2015

3:00 p.m.: Convene and begin a period of morning business.

5:00 p.m.: Proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Gayle Smith, of Ohio, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development

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Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 6:33 p.m. 1 record vote was taken.

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Established by the Constitution as one chamber of the federal government’s legislative branch, the United States Senate is comprised of one hundred members—two senators from each of the 50 states—who serve six-year, overlapping terms. Senators, along with members of the House of Representatives, propose, author, and vote on federal legislation that touches upon all aspects of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Senators provide advice and consent on executive nominations and treaties and conduct oversight of all branches of the federal government.

Postcard of the U.S. Senate Chamber Postcard circa 1880. U.S. Senate Historical Office

Administrations come and go, Houses assemble and disperse, Senators change, but the Senate is always there in the Capitol, and always organized, with an existence unbroken since 1789.

Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, “The Senate,” 1903

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