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Two Houses Meet on Same Day

January 3, 2013

January 3, 2013 was an unusual day in the U.S. House. Both the 112th Congress and the 113th Congress met on the same day. At 11:00 AM, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) convened the last session of the 112th Congress. His term expires at noon so when the 113th Congress convenes, he will no longer be a member and the clerk of the House will initially preside over the session. Rep. Boehner is expected to be elected speaker as the first order of business. He will then be sworn in and swear in the rest of the members.

Because the lame duck 112th Congress did not adjourn sine die (without a day to meet again), it caused this unusual situation where both the 112th and 113th Congress met on the same day.

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