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Congressional Updates

Both chambers of Congress were not in actual session this week. Traditionally, the Second Session of a Congress does not begin until late in January. This is partly due to that fact that, officially, the First Session of a particular Congress opens on January 3 of an odd-numbered year, then adjourns on January 3 of the next, even-numbered year. This occurs in spite of the fact that both chambers of Congress are in recess. The two or three weeks between the “adjournment” of the First Session and return of Congress for the Second Session is a district work period for Members of Congress.

The House will be back in session on January 17, while the Senate will return on January 23.

Update on Flag Amendment Bills

Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (UT) office continues to solicit additional cosponsors for Senate Joint Resolution (S.J. Res.) 19, a proposed constitutional amendment to protect the American flag from physical desecration. Its text states simply: “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.” The cosponsor total for the Senate legislation stands at 29.

To date, H.J. Res. 13 – the House companion to the Senate measure – has accumulated 64 cosponsors. Please contact your representatives’ and senators’ offices, and ask them to become cosponsors of the flag amendment in their respective chambers. If they are already cosponsors, be sure to thank them for their support.