04 January, 2013

CNN Breaking News

As the 113th Congress takes its place in the Capitol, John Boehner has been re-elected speaker of the House, getting 200 votes.

The new Congress represents several milestones: For the first time, there are more women and minority members in the Democratic House caucus, and there are 20 women in the Senate, the most ever in that chamber.

In all, 97 new members were sworn in today -- 13 in the Senate and 84 in the House. Republicans outnumber Democrats in the House by 234-201. Democrats control the Senate — there are 53 Democrats and two independents who generally vote with the Democrats — and 45 Republicans.

Several conservative members of Boehner’s Republican caucus voted against him and others didn’t vote in protest of what they see as the speaker not holding a hard enough line on fiscal issues.

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