Conroy was referencing a joint statement from House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), which said the page program is too costly at a time when most members don't need pages to send and receive messages, and can more easily use cellphones and BlackBerrys.

"May their contributions over the years never be forgotten and always appreciated, and may all pages find in their life pursuit the fulfillment of their giftedness and desire in continued service to others," Conroy added.

Conroy's prayer was the bulk of Tuesday's pro forma session, the second such session since Congress went on its break. There is no formal recess this August because House Republicans threatened to reject the Senate's request to recess, over fears that it could lead the Obama administration to make recess appointments.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) presided over Tuesday's pro forma session, and Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.) is scheduled to preside over Friday's session.