New Congress set to convene with 'tough decisions' on tap
January 5th, 2011
11:54 AM ET
4 years ago

New Congress set to convene with 'tough decisions' on tap

Washington (CNN) - The 112th Congress is set to convene Wednesday as Republicans officially take charge of the House of Representatives for the first time in four years and dramatically change Washington's political landscape.

Democrats will maintain control of the Senate, but with a smaller majority.

FULL STORY

Filed under: Congress • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. gt

    congress needs to be in the 60/ 40 range thats where america is .. congress needs to understand that.. lawyers , unions and social leaches are bleeding this country dry....

    January 5, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Adding this article to my *much ado about nothing* list. We'll see in a year just how much will have been acomplished by the 112th Congress. As it stands today .... ?

    January 5, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    The Republican majority also will require any spending increase to be offset by a spending cut of a similar size.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    This is called managing the government. It is in stark contrast to the last 2 years. Yes, our system of elections and government does work!

    January 5, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Hale! Hale! The gang's all here – NOW, where are the JOBS!!! Forget your REPEAL or DEFUND – bring on the JOBS!!!

    January 5, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Orlando American

    "...dramatically change the political landscape." Really?

    The lobbyists and PAC's currently aligning with these politicians only signal politics as usual.

    If Congress was truly set to convene with tough decisions, legislators would work together to govern for Americans instead of playing the same ol' political games with lobbyists.

    January 5, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "The Republican majority also will require any spending increase to be offset by a spending cut of a similar size.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    This is called managing the government. It is in stark contrast to the last 2 years. Yes, our system of elections and government does work!"

    And did I forget to mention that they did none of that when it came to fighting tooth and nail and attempting to bring Congress to a standstill until their demands for $120B in extended tax cuts for the wealthy and an estate tax that benefits only the 39,000 richest families in America were enacted? Where was the zero-sum offset for that BS? Yeah...didn't exist, never existed and won't exist under these guys, which is why THE BUSH TAX CUTS ARE THE SINGLE LARGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE NATIONAL DEBT AND DEFICIT.

    January 5, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Sniffin-Dope: THE BUSH TAX CUTS ARE THE SINGLE LARGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE NATIONAL DEBT AND DEFICIT.
    =================================================================================================

    Please use the correct terminology.... "The Obama Tax Cuts for the Rich". Thank you for your cooperation.

    January 5, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. R

    Hey T'sah...you do realize that they were just sworn in today, right? Kinda hard to start fixing things when you've just been sworn in. Why wasn't creating jobs a focus for the Democrats two years ago? It was a problem then, and still is today.

    January 5, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Right Leaning Independent

    I love how Liberal Entitleist loving – class warfare bloggers on here always want to tax the rich more rather than cutting spending! Just because people were taxed at a high rate in the past does not make it right or the normal rate! If so, why is Sniffit not calling for the taxes on the middle class to be raised as well!! The government takes in more than enough money to cover what Government should pay for! And no, I am not one of the rich and I believe they should not be penalized for being successful!

    January 5, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. vic nashville tn

    “Tough decisions” yes you right CNN

    Many states now control by republicans they want make many laws which DC doesn’t want
    Let see

    January 5, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    For God's sake John, GET PELOSI OUT OF CAMERA RANGE!!! The reason we put you where you are was to GET RID OF THIS BUFFOON. STOP giving her a stage to disply her sour puss and utter insane statements.

    January 5, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    And let's not forget that the GOP is hypocritically putting the ridicuolusly named "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" up for vote without debate or any opportunities for anyone to offer amendments, has already rewritten the rules to expempt their deficit-ballooning budget proposals from having to be considered for their effect on the deficit, plans to use Deem and Pass to authorize Paul Ryan to UNILATERALLY AND WITHOUT DEBATE OR VOTES set all Fiscal 2011 budgetary spending levels, and have paradoxically appointed the very worst of their lobbyist-purchased corporate wh-res as the heads of important regulatory/oversight committees in charge of giant sectors of industry. There's NOTHING fresh and new and transparent and bipartisan about what the GOP is doing...even their candied words claiming as much as carried on the fetid, stale air emanating from their business-as-usual pie holes. Oooooh, but they learned their lesson and are ever so contrite about the "business as usual" autocratic, fascist, authoritarian, corporatocratic, wealth-gap-increasing, middle-class-destroying manner in which they've run the government in the past. Poppycock.

    January 5, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Oy Vey Az

    All the bluster the Republicans can muster is what is called for right now … because … with a Democratic Senate and President in charge the only thing the Republicans are going to get to do is stomp their little feet. … Or should I say their little political feats ?.

    January 5, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |