The 117th Congress is sworn in on Sunday amid the outbreak of a pandemic
The first day of the new Congress will look a little different this year as safety precautions are taken to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of senators swearing in each time will be less to reduce crowding and senators are expected to take the oath in groups of two to allow for social distancing.
Representatives would also be sworn in by groups, although the size would be much greater given the number of other House members, with the elected members taking the oath first.
Newly elected lawmakers often bring several family members to witness the swearing-in and be part of the photos marking the occasion. This year, though, elected members will be allowed to have only one family member at the House Gallery to view the proceedings.
After the vote has taken place to elect the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the new president takes the oath to the members.
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