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  • Main Title Secret Sessions of the House and Senate: Authority, Confidentiality, and Frequency


  • Author: Palmer, Betsy
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2011-11-30


  • English


  • Content Description: Secret, or closed, sessions of the House and Senate exclude the press and the public. They may be held for matters deemed to require confidentiality and secrecy-such as national security, sensitive communications received from the President, and Senate deliberations during impeachment trials. Although Members usually seek advance agreement for going into secret session, any Member of Congress may request a secret session without notice. When the House or Senate goes into secret session, its chamber and galleries are cleared of everyone except Members and officers and employees specified in the rules or designated by the presiding officer as essential to the session. After the chamber is cleared, its doors are closed.
  • Physical Description: 9 pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Confidential communications
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: House of Representatives
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Senate
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Politics and government
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: closed session


  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: R42106
  • Accession or Local Control No: R42106_2011Nov30
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc84006