Modified versions of the Great Seal of the United States are used in decorative emblems across the government. This example, used on a podium, identifies the speaker as a Member of Congress. Others might have the same image of an eagle clutching arrows and laurel branches with “House of Representatives” or “Senate” or the agency affiliation of those standing behind it. House use of these designs grew in the later 20th century, along with the increasing demand for an emblem to use on stationery, official communications, and later, websites.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Member of Congress Plaque,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2015/2015-098-000/ (September 26, 2022)
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