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the house of representatives are controlled by the house of representatives, by the speaker's office, not by c-span, however, during the speaker's remarks, the minority members remarks, and during the vote, we've been able to have a camera moree chamber to bring you sights and sounds of what a vote vote on the they house floor. we are waiting for them to finish up this boat. they are doing it in groups as they have been all along. they are at group three, there are seven groups. it will be a while before they dispense with this boat. the 117thening day of congress, there are covid-19 protocols in place. masks are required on the floor. be -- notot to supposed to be any congregating on the floor.
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ofks are limited to groups 72. -- votes are limited to groups of 72. that was the guidance put in place for this opening day of the 117th congress. speaker pelosi: i wanted to make an announcement by popular demand on both sides of the aisle. the request has been made that when we swear in what we call members, first time that is the official term, that anyone else who is in the room
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may raise his or her hand and take the oath of office as well. ok? , as with the new members, you all have to walk sign -- tosle to sign the card. gavel banging] the house will be in order, ok? once again, before we close the vote, it is clear some more members need to vote. members, to get over here sooner so it can end sooner, i popular demand the request of members on both sides of the aisle, when we celebrate and
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swear in the members elect, the first time numbers elect -- members elect, when we swear them in, anyone else in the room may raise his or her hand and take the oath as well. [applause] however -- [gavel banging] if you leave here, whether you do it after you are sworn in or doing it in the series, you must leave through this door and sign the card of membership. [gavel banging] after you get sworn in, you must go leave and sign the card that you have been sworn in out that door.
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that will save you some time if you wish. we still have a number of members who have not voted yet so we cannot do the swearing in until that happens. new members elect, observe that it is important to vote early because we don't usually keep it open this long.
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the speaker: have all members-elect the speaker: once again in the interest of social distancing, 'm -- i'm gaveling this down before some members are here. it doesn't count against their record because it is not yet -- we're not sworn in as members. so on this vote, the yeas are 371. he nays are 2. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. will the new members-elect come orward to be sworn in.
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due to the ongoing pandemic, the chair will swear in remaining members-elect in groups. the chair will now swear in the group of first-term members-elect present in the chamber and as i announced all others in the chamber who wish to raise their hand and take the oath, you are welcome to do so. the chair will now administer the oath of office. all members-elect raise their right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you
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will bear true faith and allegiance to the -- allegiance to the same that you take this bligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which ou are about to enter. congratulations you are now members of the 117th congress.
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the speaker: will members who have been sworn in please clear the chamber so that we can swear in the next group. thank you.
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the speaker: i will swear in the group of members-elect currently in the chamber. the members will rise. the chair will now administer the oath of office. all members will raise their
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right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, that you will well and faithfully execute the duties out which you are about to execute. >> i do. >> congratulations, you are now members of the 117th congress.
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the speaker: swearing the group of members-elect currently present in the chamber. the members-elect will rise. the chair will now add minister the oath of office. all members-elect, please raise
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your right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully the duties of the office about which you are about to enter, so help you god. >> i do. the speaker: congratulations. you are now members of the 117th congress.
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the speaker: at 7:05, the remaining members who have not been sworn in. if you are in your office or whatever, come on over now, because we want to provided with
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other business. this is the schedule as was scheduled last call. thank you all. and i see we have some here.
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the speaker: the chair is further prepared to swear in a group of members-elect currently in the chamber. the member he was elect will rise. the chair will now administer the oath of office. all members-elect will raise heir right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully execute the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god?
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>> we do. the speaker: congratulations you are now members of the 117th congress.
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the speaker: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries. mr. jeffries: thank you, madam speaker. as chair of the democratic caucus i have been directed to report to the house that the democratic members have selected as majority leader, the gentleman from maryland, the honorable steny hoyer. the speaker: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from wyoming, ms. cheney. ms. cheney: thank you, madam speaker. as chair of the republican conference i have been directed to the report to the house that the republican members have selected as minority leader the
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gentleman from california, the honorable kevin mccarthy. the speaker: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries. mr. jeff reese: madam speaker, as chair of the house democratic caucus i have been directed to report to the house that the democratic members have selected as majority whip the distinguished gentleman from the great state of south carolina, the honorable james e. clyburn and as assistant speaker, the distinguished gentlelady from the commonwealth of massachusetts, kathryn clark. the speaker: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from wyoming, ms. cheney. ms. cheney: as chair of the republican conference i have been drebted to report to the house that the republican members have selected as minority whip the gentleman from louisiana, the honorable steve scalise. he speaker: thank you.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries. mr. jeffries: i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 2, resolved that sheryl l. johnson be andstate of louisiana is hereby chosen as clerk of the house of representatives. esolved that paul b. be and is ereby chosen sefrpblt at arms. solved that the dr. margaret grun kibben be and is hereby chosen chaplain of the united states house of representatives. the speaker: the gentleman from new york. mr. jeffries: i yield to the distinguished gentlewoman from wyoming for the purpose of offering an amendment.
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ms. chay lee: i have an amendment -- ms. cheney: i have an amendment of the quest a division vote to have a separate vote on the chaplain. the speaker: the question is on agreeing to the resolution providing for the election of the chaplain. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the portion of the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the gentlewoman from wyoming. ms. cheney: i offer an amendment to the resolution offered by the gentleman from new york. the speaker: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by ms. cheney of wyoming that dan myer of the state of minnesota be and is hereby chosen clerk of the house of representatives, that john leganski of the state of illinois be and is hereby chosen sergeant at arms of the
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house of representatives, and that brett horton of the state of louisiana be and is hereby chosen chief administrative officer of the house of representatives. the speaker: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from wyoming. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the noes have it. the amendment is not agreed to. the question is on the remained or the -- remained or the resolution offered by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the resolution is agreed to. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the chair will now swear in the officers of the house. please raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to same, that you take this resolution freely
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without purpose of mental reservation or purpose of evasion, an that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties on the office on which you are about to embark, so help you god? congratulations, you are now officers of the 117th congress. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? mr. hoyer: i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 3, that the senate be informed that a quorum of the house of representatives has assembled that nancy pelosi, a representative from the state of california has been elected speaker, and that cheryl l. johnson a citizen of the state of louisiana, has been elected clerk of the house of representatives of the 17th congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 4, resolved, that a committee of two members be appointed by the speaker on the part of the house
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of representatives to join with a committee on the part of he senate to notify the president of the united states that a quorum of each house has assembled and congress is ready to receive any communication hat he may be pleased to make. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection, werks, pursuant to house resolution 4, the chair announces the speaker's appointment of the following members to the committee on the part of the house to join the committee on the part of the senate to notify the president of the united states that a quorum of each house has assembled. and that congress is ready to receive any communication that he may be pleased to make. the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, and the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent, i have a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 5. resolved, that the clerk may instruct -- be instructed to inform the president of the united states that the house of representatives has elected nancy pelosi, a representative from the state of california, as speaker. and cheryl l. johnson, a citizen of the state of louisiana, as clerk of the house of representatives of the 117th congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to. and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman from wyoming seek recognition? ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i offer a resolution and ask for unanimous consent for he is its
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immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the esolution. the clerk: house resolution 6. resolved that pursuant to the legislative pay act of 1929, as amended, the six minority employees authorized therein shall be the following named persons effective january 3, 2021, until otherwise ordered by the house. to wit, dan meyer, james mann, natalie joyce, will dunham, mckayla karr and matt sparks, each to receive gross compensation pursuant to the provisions of house resolution 119, 95th congress, as enacted into permanent law by section 115 of public law 95-94. in addition, the minority leader may appoint and set the annual rate of pay for up to three further minority
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employees. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the resolution? without objection, the regulationlusion is agreed to -- resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. wasserman schultz: mr. speaker, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 7. resolved, that the speaker or deputy named by her is hereby authorized to administer of oath of office to the honorable alcee l. hastings at fort lauderdale, florida, and that such oath be accepted and received by the house as the oath of office of the honorable alcee l. hastings. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on
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the table. pursuant to the provisions of house resolution 7, the chair appoints the honorable debbie wasserman schultz of florida to administer the oath of office to the honorable alcee l. hastings of florida. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. madam, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on january 3, 2021, at 1:59 p.m. that the senate agreed to senate concurrent resolution 1,
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senate concurrent resolution 2, senate resolution 1, senate resolution 2 and senate resolution 3. signed, sincerely, gloria j. ett, deputy clerk. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would like -- would like to make a statement concerning the introduction and reference of bills. since the rules of the 117th congress have not yet been adopted, the right of members to introduce bills and the authority of the speaker to
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refer them is delayed. the chair will state that submitted bills will be held until adoption of the rules. at which time they will be referred as expeditiously as possible to the appropriate committee. at that time, the bills which are not referred and do not appear in the record as of that day will be included in the next day's record and printed with the date as of the time that the rules were adopted. the chair lays before the house the following privileged concurrent resolution. the clerk: senate concurrent resolution 1. resolved that the two houses of congress shall meet in the hall of the house of representatives
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on wednesday, the sixth day of january, 2021, at 1:00 postmir i hadian pursuant to the requirements of the constitution and the laws relating to the election of president and vice president of the united states. and the president of the senate shall be there presiding -- their presiding officer. the two tellers shb previously appointed by the president of the senate on the part of the senate and by the speaker on the part of the house of representatives, to whom shall be handed, as they are opened by the president of the senate. all of these certificates and papers purporting to be certificates of the electoral votes, which certificates and papers shall be opened, presented, and acted upon in the alphabetical order of the state. beginning with the letter a and the said tellers having been read the same and the hearing of the two houses shall make a list of the votes as they shall
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appear from said certificates. and the votes having been ascertained and counted in the manner and according to the rules by the law provided, the result of the same shall be delivered to the president of the senate who shall thereupon announce the state of the vote. which announced shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons, if any, elected president and vice president of the united states, and together with a list of the votes be entered onto the journals of the two houses. the speaker pro tempore: ex--- without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and a motion to reconsider s laid on the table. without objection, the following privileged concurrent resolution. the clerk: senate concurrent resolution 2. resolved, section 1,
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re-authorization of joint committee, effective from january 3, 2021, a joint committee created by senate concurrent resolution 38, 116th congress, agreed to june 26, 2020, to make the necessary arrangements for the inauguration of the president-elect and the vice president-elect of the united states is continued with the same power and authority provided for in this resolution -- in that resolution. section 2, use of capitol. the rotunda and emancipation hall of the united states capitol are authorized to be used on january 10, 2021, january 17, 2021, and january 20, 2021, by the joint committee created by senate concurrent resolution 38. -- 38, 116th congress, agreed to june 26, 2020, in connection with the proceedings and ceremonies conducted for the inauguration of the president-elect and the vice president-elect of the united
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states. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to. and a motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair announces to the house that the whole number of he house is 430. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i move that the house now adjourns until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. tuesday. monday. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it.
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today, we are brought to you by these television companies that provide c-span to viewers as a public service. ♪ >> california congresswoman nancy pelosi was reelected as speaker of the house during the opening session of the 117th congress. democrats now control 222 house seats and republicans have 211. there are two vacancies in new york's 22nd district and louisiana's fifth district. speaker pelosi spoke on the floor after being elected. the clerk of the house: the ouse will be in order. the total number of votes cast is 427 of which the honorable nancy pelosi, of the state of california has received 216

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