House and Senate Agendas and Resources

1st Session of the 116th U.S. Congress

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The House of Representatives and the Senate make up the two “chambers” of the Legislative Branch of the United States federal government. Their daily agendas of legislative business are determined by their presiding officers.

In the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House sets the daily agenda, while the Senate’s legislative calendar is set by the Senate majority leader in consultation with the chairmen and ranking members of the various Senate committees.

116th U.S.Congress, 2nd Session

Agenda items listed here are those published in the Daily Digest of the Congressional Record. The agendas are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the presiding officers.

House Agenda for January 6, 2021: The House will meet in Joint Session with the Senate to count the electoral votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

Note: The rules of suspensions are a shortcut in the legislative process allowing bills with little or no opposition to be grouped together on a "Suspensions Calendar" and passed en-masse by a voice vote without debate. There is no corresponding rule of suspensions in the Senate.

Senate Agenda for January 6, 2021: At 1 p.m., the Joint Session of Congress will convene in the Hall of the House of Representatives under the provisions of S. Con. Res. 1, to provide for the counting of the electoral votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

Political Makeup of the House

234 Democrats - 197 Republicans - 1 Independents - 3 Vacancies 

Political Makeup of the Senate

53 Republicans - 45 Democrats - 2 Independents