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Inaugural Web site
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has launched a website to provide up-to-date information about the 2017 Presidential Inauguration and related ceremonies along with historical information and photos of inaugurals past.
Commitee Bicentennial Essay
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This month the Senate commemorates the 200th anniversary of the creation of permanent standing committees.
This Week in Senate History
George Washington
January 8, 1790

The Constitution mandates that the president "shall from time to time give the Congress Information on the State of the Union." President George Washington delivered his first "state of the union" address to a joint session of Congress meeting in the Senate Chamber of New York City's Federal Hall on this day in 1790.

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Monday, Feb 20, 2017

4:30 p.m.: Convene for a pro forma session.


Previous Meeting

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, and adjourned at 1:54 p.m. on Friday, February 17. Five record votes were 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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