New Congress

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 9:25am

The new Congress takes over today.

We will see more than 100 new faces at the Capitol today, and they are ready to go.

Pennsylvania Representative-Elect Mike Kelly said, "I didn't come to watch. I came to work."

Michigan Representative-Elect Bill Huizenga said, "We're tired of hitting the range balls. It's time to tee it up for real."

First up: a new Speaker. John Boehner is expected to get the gavel almost immediately.

Then lawmakers will vote on new rules: to make their work more open to the public, put more information online and cut their own spending by five percent.

California Representative David Dreier said, "We obviously want to do everything that we can to ensure that we reduce spending."

Democrats call it a sham, saying the effort to repeal health reform alone would add billions to America's red ink.

Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, "They spent a lot of time during the campaign talking about cutting the deficit the first vote out of the gate is going to be add about a trillion dollar to the deficit. It's total hypocrisy."

Soon, they'll have to vote on whether to raise the debt ceiling, essentially allowing more credit to an already overextended government.

"This is absolutely foolish that we're even having this debate like should we increase the debt ceiling. Really?" said Kelly.

There will be new decisions by a new Congress, with some old battle lines already being re-drawn.

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