At 9:30 am ET, the Congressional Black Caucus holds a swearing in ceremony for caucus members at the Library of Congress.
At 10:00 am ET, Reps. Curt Weldon (R-PA), Solomon Ortiz (D-TX), Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Fred Upton (R-MI), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) and Eliot Engle (D-NY) hold a presser on the Hill about their trip to North Korea.
Also at 10:00 am ET, retired generals and admirals hold a news conference at the National Press Club to release a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, urging members to look at the role played by White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, the nominee for attorney general, in setting U.S. policy on torture.
At 11:00 am ET, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) holds his first pen-and-pad briefing of the 109th Congress.
Also at 11:00 am ET, critics of President Bush's medical liability plans will hold a pre-emptive conference call on its impact on families and insurance companies -- and the targeted advertising campaign they're planning. Among those participating: Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL); Joanne Doroshow, Center for Justice and Democracy; Doug Heller, Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights; Jay Angoff, Director, Missouri Department of Insurance, 1993-1998.
The House and Senate convene at noon ET.
Vice President Cheney swears in new and re-elected Senators. At 1:00 pm ET Senators re-enact individual swear-ins in the Old Senate Chamber.
The House is called to order, hears prayer, and accepts nominations for Speaker of the House. After a roll call vote, the Speaker-elect is introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and is then sworn in by Dean of the House, Rep. John Dingell. The Speaker then swears in members en masse. At 3:00 pm ET House members re-enact swear-ins.
Looking ahead this week . . .
Tomorrow, President Bush travels to Collinsville, IL, to deliver remarks on medical liability reform at 2:05 pm ET.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers his state of the state address tomorrow. Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell delivers hers as well.
Also tomorrow, there will be a memorial service for Rep. Robert Matsui at the U.S. Capitol Building, Statuary Hall, at 12:30 pm ET. He will lay in state at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento on Thursday and Friday, and will be buried on Saturday after memorial and funeral services.
And to the family and friends of former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, our thoughts and prayers as well. LINK
On Thursday, the House meets in joint session to count electoral ballots. Note that Sen. John Kerry's 13-day Middle East trip takes him away from the certification of the results. We wonder meta-aloud why that is.
On Thursday at 10:00 am ET, the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its hearings on the nomination of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to be attorney general. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) presides.
Also on Thursday at 10:00 am ET, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions convenes to begin confirmation hearings for Margaret Spellings to be Secretary of Education.
The House is not in session on Friday.