A clergyman elected by the each chamber to open its daily sessions with prayer. The chaplain is also available as an advisor and counselor to members, members’ families, and congressional employees.
Also see § 4.110 Administrative Offices of the House, § 4.111 House Chaplains and Guest Chaplains, § 4.120 Administrative Offices of the Senate, in Congressional Deskbook.
U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black full remarks at National Prayer Breakfast (C-SPAN)
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