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Members-elect gather for the 115th Congress freshman class photo. The photo is traditionally taken before the start of each Congress on the stairs of the East Front of the Capitol. (Photo by Fred Schilling)

Newly-Elected Members on Capitol Hill

The freshman class will be sworn in on January 3, 2017.

The 80-foot-tall Engelmann Spruce was selected among 'plenty of good candidates for the Capitol Christmas Tree,' said Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers. The U.S. Forest Service has upheld tradition of selecting the Capitol Christmas Tree since 1970.

Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives

Lighting Ceremony Scheduled for December 6.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Time (EST) Session
9:00 am Hearing: Examining the Costs of Overclassification on Transparency and Security Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
10:00 am Hearing: Corruption: A Danger to Democracy in Europe and Eurasia Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats
10:00 am Hearing: Waste and Duplication in the USDA Catfish Inspection Program Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health
10:00 am Hearing: Hearing entitled “Unconventional Monetary Policy” Committee on Financial Services: Monetary Policy and Trade
10:00 am Hearing: 1890 Land-Grant Institutions: Recruitment Challenges and Scholarship Opportunities Committee on Agriculture:
10:00 am Markup: Full Committee Markup (December 07, 2016) Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:
2:00 pm Hearing: Time and Attendance Abuse at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Operations
2:00 pm Hearing: California National Gaurd Bonus Repayment Issue Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel
3:00 pm Business Meeting: S. 612To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria Street in Laredo Texas as the George P. Kazen Federal Building and United States Courthouse. Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation WIIN Act Committee on Rules:
Time Session
8:08 P.M. - The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 7, 2016.
8:08 P.M. - On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:08 P.M. - Mr. Hill moved that the House do now adjourn.
5:49 P.M. - SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
5:42 P.M. - ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
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Roll Date Bill Result Title/Description
608 12-06 H RES 828 Passed Raising a question of the privileges of the House
607 12-06 H RES 828 Failed Raising a question of the privileges of the House
606 12-06 H R 6416 Passed Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016
605 12-06 H RES 939 Passed Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that all students should have access to the digital tools necessary to further their education and compete in the 21st century economy
604 12-06 H R 6394 Passed Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016

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