New Congress takes office Thursday, will tackle old Congress' leftovers
January 3rd, 2013
07:34 AM ET
10 years ago

New Congress takes office Thursday, will tackle old Congress' leftovers

(CNN) - A new Congress takes office Thursday, and many of the same difficult issues that snagged the last one will fall into its lap.

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to avert the fiscal cliff, a deal worked out after lengthy, grinding friction between Democrats and Republicans. The political theatrics kept Americans and people around the world on pins and needles over how the outcome would affect the shaky global economy.


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  1. Name lynn

    it doesnt make a differnce whos coming to the white house more republicans more white house leaders obama still the president obama already push the white head boehner over the cliff the word came out of his mouth but obama is black an still in charge

    January 3, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  2. DENNA

    I hope this new Congress will do more than spend their time opposing the president on every little thing. It would be nice if this congress actually works for the public. Sigh. Sadly, I know the Republicans already have plans to drag their feet this time around too. Why stop now, right? First order of the day should be getting money to New Jersey to clean up from hurricane Sandy. Like it or not, money has to be spent to keep this country moving forward. If the Republicans think only cuts can achieve their goal, how about cutting their bloated salaries and benefits? Give Gov. Christie what he needs.

    January 3, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    If anyone out there expects the 113th House to be more productive or less ideologically intransient, then they haven't been paying attention. In fact, the best an optimist could hope for would be for John Boehner to continue as House Speaker. The most likely alternative appears to be Eric Cantor, who does what the Tea Party wants. Whose goal it seems to be is to disassemble the US government.

    January 3, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |