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  • Republicans Pete Sessions and Mike Fitzpatrick missed the swearing in of the 111th Congress because they were holding a fundraiswer in the Capitol Visitors Center. They apparently raised their right hands and participated in the swearing in via television. Article VI, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution states: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." There is no mention of being able to be sworn in via television.