New Congress Getting Sworn in With GOP in Charge

Jan 6, 2015 7:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome.

They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. The GOP was summoning unity for that effort despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner.

As required by the Constitution, Congress was to convene at noon.

In the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was to automatically ascend to majority leader following his approval by rank-and-file Republicans last year.


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