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Next Congress to Formally Convene on Jan. 6, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, received the gavel from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the first day of the 113th Congress. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)
Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, received the gavel from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the first day of the 113th Congress. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Mark your calendars: The 114th Congress is planning to convene just a few days late.  

The House on Friday agreed to a joint resolution setting the convening date for Jan. 6, 2015, which is three days after the date specified in the Constitution. The change, which must also be endorsed by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama, comes as no surprise since next Jan. 3 falls on a Saturday.  

Pushing the official start back to a Tuesday should allow Monday to be used as a travel day. That gives everyone an extra weekend before the start of the new Congress, when Republicans, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, will take over the majority in the Senate.  

The 20th Amendment to the Constitution provides for changing the convening date of Congress through statute.  

“The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day,” the amendment says.  

Daniel Peake contributed to this report.
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