"Open our minds to realize that although we are a nation filled with diverse philosophies, our common motive is to make this country a fruitful and peace-filled nation, allowing all people the opportunity to pursue dreams," he said. "Help us to see our victories and defeats in the voting booths as a blessing of freedom and not a judgment on ideals."

Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) led the pro forma session, which was not interrupted by any Democrat calling for the House to return. Democrats spent most of October using the pro forma sessions to call for a resumption of work, but the House is scheduled to return a week from today, Nov. 13.