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From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms


The meeting place for the membership of either the House or Senate; also the membership of the House or Senate meeting as such. The lowest level in each chamber, i.e., the floor of the chamber below the galleries in the physical chamber, is often referred to as “the floor.”

In the Constitution and in some documents and usage, the Senate and The House of Representatives are referred to as “the two houses of Congress” or “both houses of Congress”. To avoid confusion, we prefer to use “two chambers of Congress” or “both chambers of Congress” or “the other chamber” rather than the more formal usage. See A Note About Usage: “Congress” (


See also § 6.113, Who Is Allowed on the House Floor? and § 6.192 Who Is Allowed on the Senate Floor? § 11.11, House Floor Plan, § 11.21, Senate Seating Chart, in Congressional Deskbook; Chapter 4. House Floor and Chapter 5. Senate Floor, in Congressional Procedure.


Sen. Duckworth with her baby on Senate floor (C-SPAN)





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