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The United States Studies Centre (USSC) and Congress both return to work this week, with the US House and Senate in session for the first time since mid-December. This past week also marked the sombre anniversary of the pivotal Capitol insurrection, where pro-Trump protesters breached the Capitol Building, and forced Congress to evacuate as they were certifying the results of the 2020 election. A bipartisan Senate report determined that seven individuals died in connection to the Capitol attack, including three police officers. The insurrection occurred shortly after the surprise election of two Democratic Senators from Georgia, giving Democrats the slimmest possible upper hand in the Senate and thereby securing control of both houses of Congress and the White House.