New Congress sworn in: Will the 113th be better than last one?

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Joe Biden on Capitol Hill to Negotiate Fiscal Cliff

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WASHINGTON — The new, 113th Congress was sworn in Thursday. Rep. John Boehner was re-elected speaker of the House.

But after roughly a dozen of his own colleagues voted for someone else or withheld their vote to protest his leadership, the Ohio Republican begins his second term tasked with leading a conference that isn’t shy about bucking him.

In total, 220 Republicans out of 234 supported Boehner during the tension-filled vote on the House floor.

There were a few scattered votes for other names. GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor, frequently mentioned as a potential rival, received votes from three House Republicans. But when Cantor’s name was called, he stood and loudly yelled Boehner’s name – a show of unity amidst the defections.

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert and Georgia Republican Paul Broun voted for defeated Rep. Allen West, the tea party favorite from Florida.

— CNN

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  • Citizen98107

    The Republicans should think about cutting their own salaries and benefits before cutting the average American's Social Security benefits. What do they actually do all day?