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New Congress convenes with Republicans holding majority in House and Senate

New Congress convenes with Republicans holding majority in House and Senate

New Congress convenes with Republicans holding majority in House and Senate. A new Congress has convened with Republicans ready to take charge of the House and Senate. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was poised to become the new Senate majority leader. In the House, John Boehner was widely expected to win another term as speaker. The Senate includes 13 freshmen, and the House has 58 freshmen. Republicans assume full control of Congress on Tuesday for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics. They planned to move swiftly toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline, summoning unity despite a tea party-backed effort...

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