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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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    Capitol Question: Members' Previous Occupations

    What were Congress members' occupations before they were elected?

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    Number of Members in Congress

    The constitutional rationale for the number of members of the House and Senate.

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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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    Capitol Question: Reading Clerk

    What is the role of the House Reading Clerk?

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    Capitol Question: Pages

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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: 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: State with the Most Representatives

    Which state has the most Representatives?  Which states are in the top ten?  California leads the way with fifty two, while New York, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio,…

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    Religious Affiliation

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    Who Declares War?

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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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    Senate Refurbishing

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

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    Congressional Pensions

    Congressional pensions were explained, including amounts and when members are eligible.

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    Congressional Education

    C-SPAN answered the question of which colleges have graduated the most Members of Congress. Yale University leads the way in undergraduate education, while Harvard University has…

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    Congressional Military Service

    C-SPAN answers the question “How many Members of Congress have had military service?” In the 105th Congress, about half the Senate and a third of the House served in the…

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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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    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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    Morning Business

    The period of Senate activity called “Morning Business” was explained.

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