Executive Session FAQs:

Q: Is an executive session a portion of the United States Senate's daily session in which it considers nominations and treaties?

A: Yes, or other items introduced by the President of the United States.

Q: Is an executive session sworn to secrecy?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an executive session a term for any block within an otherwise open meeting in which minutes are taken separately, outsiders are not present, and the contents of the discussion are treated as confidential?

A: Yes, In a deliberative assembly, an executive session has come to mean that the proceedings are secret and members could be punished for violating the secrecy.