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January 03, 2013

New Congress set to convene; Boehner re-election due

The 113th Congress convenes at noon, and a day usually full of ceremony and celebration could get very political.

While the usual swearing-ins and speeches are on the schedule, so is the election of a House Speaker. While John Boehner is thought to be assured of re-election, Congress-watchers will be noting just how many votes he gets.

The new Congress will have 233 Republicans and 200 Democrats, and two vacancies. Boehner needs 217 to win. So if 17 Republicans--presumably angry conservatives--don't back him, the election could go to a second ballot, something that rarely happens.

Once the procedural matters are done, Congress will turn to adopting rules, but no votes on major legislation are planned today.


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