Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley on Congress Convening 2021 Session on a Sunday

Dec 21, 2020
NOTE: Grassley’s tweet on this can be found HERE.
 
Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On Congress Convening 2021 Session on a Sunday
Delivered on Sunday, December 20, 2020
 
Never in Senate history has the Senate convened a Congress on a Sunday.
 
The Constitution mandates that Congress convene at noon on January 3, unless the preceding Congress by law designates a different day.
 
Of course, January 3rd has fallen on a Sunday over the last 232 years and each time, by unanimous consent, a new convening date has been agreed to.
 
For the first time in history, Senate Democrats won’t agree to unanimous consent and instead are insisting the Senate start the 117th Congress on a partisan foot.
 
I’m not looking to get out of work.
 
I’ve proven that I have great respect for attendance in the Senate.
 
But, out of respect, the Senate usually does not have business on religious holidays observed by members of various faiths.
 
I also think the Lord’s Day paired with the weight of starting a new Congress deserves reverence.
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