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    Presidential Succession

    The presidential line of succession as outlined in the 25th amendment was profiled.

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    Capitol Question: Recess vs. Adjournment

    What is the difference between adjournment and recess?

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    Capitol Question: Revise and Extend

    Why do members of Congress ask to “revise and extend” their remarks?

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    Demographics of the 107th Congress

    In answer to a question, demographic information for the 107th Congress was listed.

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    Congressional Oath of Office

    The congressional oath of office was explained.

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    President Pro Tempore

    The function of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate was profiled.

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    Old U.S. Supreme Court Chamber

    A viewer asked if the original room of the Supreme Court was preserved, and if tourists may visit it.

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    Capitol Question: Why is the Senate Called the Senate?

    Why is the Senate called the Senate and the House called the House?  Why aren’t Senators
    called Congressmen?  In Latin, “Senatus” means “council of…

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    Capitol Question: Reading Clerk

    What is the role of the House Reading Clerk?

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    Senate Tie Votes

    Senate rules for tie votes were noted.

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    Joint Sessions of Congress

    Joint sessions are held to hear from the president and to count electoral ballots. Joint meetings are held to hear remarks by invited guests.

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    Revisions and Extensions of Remarks

    The question of revising and extending remarks in the Congressional Record in the House of Representatives was explained. The Congressional Record is not required to be an exact record…

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    Capitol Question: A Sufficient Number Having Arisen

    Before a vote, why does the chair say, “A sufficient number having arisen....” What does that mean?  One fifth of the House (85 members) must vote for Yeas and Nays, 44…

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    Capitol Question: Members' Previous Occupations

    What were Congress members' occupations before they were elected?

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    Postage and Franking

    The franking (postage) privileges of members of Congress and the restrictions on the franking allowance were explained.

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    Congressional Chaplains

    The history behind congressional chaplains, which have existed since 1789, was explained. 119 different chaplains from ten different Christian denominations have served as House and…

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    Capitol Question: Pages

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    Congressional Salaries

    Salaries of House and Senate members were outlined, as well as the average salaries of some congressional staff members.

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    Senate Refurbishing

    The Senate chamber is refurbished each year. This year’s changes are described.

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    Architect of the Capitol

    The role of the office of the Architect of the Capitol was explained. The architect oversees the maintenance of the grounds around the Capitol, as well as the Capitol building, House…

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