Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Republicans have had a major realization in their approach to immigration reform in recent weeks.
"Have you ever seen a time when Republicans have had a more rapid epiphany about immigration than they have this last election?" Biden said Thursday while speaking at an event for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington.
Washington (CNN) - The newly sworn-in 113th Congress is the most diverse group of representatives in history, reflecting changing demographics and changing public attitudes.
98 women, 43 African-Americans, 31 Latinos, 12 Asian-American and Pacific Islanders, and seven gay and bisexual members are now new members of the House and Senate. Plus, there is the first Buddhist member in the Senate and Hindu member in the House of Representatives.
Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - As a new Congress takes over on Capitol Hill, all eyes are turning to what will certainly be a vastly different Obama Cabinet in the coming weeks.
High-level vacancies in the administration are expected to include secretary of state, secretary of defense and treasury secretary. A permanent CIA director also must be chosen.
Washington (CNN) – Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act hope to revive the law in a new Congress after efforts to renew it failed in the last one.
"It is an early priority for us," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, told CNN as the 113th Congress convened Thursday. "Since it passed the Senate last time, with two more Democrats in the Senate, we hope that it will have an easy path there and a doable path there - and a successful one in the House."
(CNN) – Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has a "planned but not confirmed visit" to Newtown, Connecticut scheduled for Friday, Steve Jensen with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman's office told CNN.
Her visit comes after a gunman killed his own mother and 26 people–20 of them children–at a Newtown elementary school before turning the gun on himself last month.
(CNN) - Erskine Bowles, former co-chairman of President Barack Obama's deficit reduction commission and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, said Thursday he isn't seeking a major job in the Obama administration. He also characterized the debt reduction deal reached this week as "a step in the right direction" but acknowledged that the deal, and failure to enact his commission's recommendations, was a "missed opportunity."
Bowles said on CNN's "The Situation Room" that he is not interested in an appointment as Treasury Secretary. Secretary Tim Geithner has indicated he will step down in the near future, and it is thought that White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew is his most likely successor.
(CNN) – David Schnittger, deputy chief of staff for House Speaker John Boehner, said former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called Boehner Thursday to congratulate him on his re-election to the post.
Among those who called this afternoon to say "congrats" to @SpeakerBoehner: Gov. @MittRomney.— David Schnittger (@OhSchnitt) January 03, 2013
Among those who called this afternoon to say "congrats" to @SpeakerBoehner: Gov. @MittRomney.
Boehner also received a call from President Barack Obama, their offices acknowledged. The White House said earlier Obama called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
(CNN) – Like it or not, Vice President Joe Biden's personality was at full-force Thursday as he greeted senators and their families for their ceremonial swearing-in in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber on the first day of the new Congress.
Biden particularly turned up the charm with lawmakers' mothers, kissing plenty of cheeks and not going shy on the flattery.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 3, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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LEADER ONCE AGAIN: BOEHNER, UNDER FIRE FROM SOME CONSERVATIVES, RE-ELECTED SPEAKER… Republican Rep. John Boehner won another term as House speaker on Thursday despite harsh criticism from some conservatives over his handling of the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. There were a few scattered votes for other names – defeated Rep. Allen West, the tea party favorite from Florida, and GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor both received nods. But the vast majority of Republicans in the House shouted Boehner's name when the time came. In total, 220 Republicans out of a conference of 234 went for the Ohio lawmaker. – Deirdre Walsh and Kevin Liptak
THE NON-BOEHNER FOURTEEN: ELEVEN REPUBLICANS VOTE AGAINST BOEHNER, ONE VOTES PRESENT, TWO ABSTAIN… Rep. Justin Amash voted for Rep. Raul Labrador; Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Rep. Steve Pierce, and Rep. Ted Yoho voted for Minority Leader Eric Cantor; Rep. Paul Broun and Rep. Louis Gohmert voted for former Rep. Allen West; Rep. Walter Jones voted for former Comptroller General David Walker; Rep. Tim Huelskamp voted for Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Tom Massie voted for Rep. Justin Amash. Rep. Steve Stockholm voted present, ostensibly a vote against Boehner, and Rep. Raul Labrador and Rep. Mick Mulvaney declined to vote.