Boehner Keeps Speaker Job as New Congress Begins

Both the House and Senate have gaveled in for the 113th Congress and House Speaker John Boehner learned he’ll be keeping his job.

FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports from Capitol Hill:

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John Boehner will keep the gavel. The Ohio Republican winning 220 votes from his colleagues on the first ballot.

(House Floor) “The honorable John A. Boehner of the state of Ohio, having received a majority of the votes cast, is duly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives…”

The vote not without a bit of drama, nine Republicans cast votes for someone other than Boehner, a show of frustration over the fiscal cliff battle.

Fights over the debt limit and spending will dominate the first days of this Congress.

On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

So what’s the make-up of the 113th Congress? There are 12 new Senators and 82 new members of the House. There are 20 women in the Senate and 81 in the House.

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For the first time ever an entire state’s delegation is women, New Hampshire with that honor.

There will again be an African American in the Senate, South Carolina Republican Tim Scott, in fact just the seventh African American to serve in that chamber.

And, not all the faces are new.

Florida Democrat Alan Grayson lost re-election in 2010, only to win his seat back in 2012. And Texas Republican Steve Stockman is back after a single term in the mid 90′s.

On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

With the new Congress taking office today, we look back at the last session, and it’s not exactly a tough act to follow.

FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports from Capitol Hill:

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The 112th Congress, the group finished today, was the least productive since the 1940′s.

Just 219 bills passed since 2011 were signed into law. Compare that with the 383 bills the session before that and 460 the Congress before that.

President Harry Truman dubbed the 80th Congress do-nothing. That group passed 906 bills that became law.

The 112th was plagued by bitter partisanship that led to government shutdown stand-offs and of course the fiscal cliff.

It took a toll on popularity as well. The 112th’s approval ratings hovering in the teens and below.

On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.




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