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House - January 4, 2007

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House - January 4, 2007 - week 1
110th - United States Congress
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Previous 109th Congress
Next January 5, 2007

This is the daily summary of the actions in United States House of Representatives in the 110th United States Congress for January 4, 2007 during week 1 of this Congress' term. For a summary of the actions in the Senate click here, and for Congress as a whole on this date, click here.


House Daily Summary

The 110th Congress began its first day swearing in its memebrs and performing many of the ceremonial and more pedestrian activities associated with both a new Congress, and the change in control of of the House from the Republicans the Democrats. However this days activities in the House marked numerous historic firsts, the swearing in of Nancy Pelosi as first woman Speaker, Keith Ellison the first Muslim and Mazie Hirono as the first buddhist members of the House.

Both Democrats and Republicans joined in recognizing the significance of the moment. “This is an historic moment — for the Congress, and for the women of America. It is a moment for which we have waited more than 200 years. Never losing faith, we waited through the many years of struggle to achieve our rights,” Pelosi said.

As was the case on the first day of a new Congress, not a large amount was accomplished legislatively. As is custom. most of the activity on the House floor consisted of congratulatory speeches, and pledgs of “partnership, not partisanship.”

Traditionally at the beginning of every Congress, rules and regulations are adopted which guide procedure on the House floor and the conduct of its members. The Speaker of the House and the Chairman of the House Rules Committee (new Chairwoman Louise Slaughter) are responsible for enforcing these rules. However with the Democrats now in control, they began to lay out the intial planks in order to hit the ground running with their pledged "first 100 hours" agenda with the adoption of the first two Title sections of the Rules of the House.

Title I of H.Res. 6 is as insignificant as they come. All it says is that what follows (Title II-V) are the Rules of the House for the 110th Congress and was passed (426 - 0). Title II of H.Res. 6 is all about the ethical standards that members must maintain. It is the first and, perhaps, the most significant departure from the days of the Republican-controlled the 109th Congress, where meaningful ethics reforms hit major roadblocks. The rule changes would ban gifts from lobbyists and privately-funded trips without the pre-approval of the House Ethics Committee. It also prohibits former members from lobbying current members and puts a whole boatload of new restrictions on what lobbyists can say, do and pay for. Title II also changes the name of most of the House’s standing committees.

Title II passed (430 - 1) with Dan Burton of Indiana being the sole person not voting in favor of ethics reforms.

Several housekeeping resolutions were passed, electing certain members to standing committees [1][2], providing for the designation of certain minority employees [3], setting the time of day the house will normally meet during the 110th Congress [4] which was later modified and agreed to without objection as per remarks entered by Steny Hoyer, agreed joinhtly witht he Senate that if warranted Congress can consent to assemble outside the seat of government [5]. Finally it passed a resolution which expressed profound sadness at the death of Gerald Ford [6].

On the Floor

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In the Committees

There were no House committee meetings held on this day.


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This page was last modified 04:06, 14 February 2007 by dKosopedia user Abou Ben Adhem. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Lestatdelc. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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