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May 10, 2011

Administration of Oath of Office

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The VICE PRESIDENT. If the Senator-designate will now present himself at the desk, the Chair will administer the oath of office.

The Senator-designate, Dean Hel ler, escorted by Mr. Reid, advanced to the desk of the Vice President; the oath prescribed by law was administered to him by the Vice President; and he subscribed to the oath in the Official Oath Book.

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The VICE PRESIDENT. Congratulations.

Mr. HELLER. Thank you very much.

(Applause, Senators rising.)

Mr. UDALL of New Mexico. I suggest the absence of a quorum.

The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. The clerk will call the roll.

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Mr. REID. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without objection, it is so ordered.

(Senate - May 9, 2011)


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Nevada's Dean Heller sworn into Senate
Republican Dean Heller assumes Senate seat formerly occupied by Sen. John Ensign, who resigned last week in the midst of a ethics investigation

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