Out with some of the old and in with the new on Capitol Hill Thursday morning.
Beginning at noon ET, members of the 113th Congress will be sworn in. These lawmakers will face big challenges ahead: fights over the debt ceiling, spending cuts, comprehensive immigration reform, and future gun legislation are on the horizon.
In the opinion pages, The New York Times’ Gail Collins looks ahead at what to expect from this new legislative body. The Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes tells Wall Street Journal readers that President Obama’s negotiating tactics have been a roadblock to a Grand Bargain.
New York Congressman Peter King talked about the next legislative steps in getting aid to victims of Sandy along the Atlantic Coast. Speaker Boehner will bring $9 billion in aid to the floor for a vote Friday, then bring the additional $51B to the floor on January 15.