1. NEW CLASS

    113th Congress to Be Sworn in

    The U.S. Capitol is framed amid reflections from inside the Cannon House Office Building on the last day of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. On Thursday, all members of the House of Representatives and one third of the Senate will be sworn in as the 113th Congress begins its work. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    Thanks for the memories, 112th Congress! The new Congress will be sworn in on Thursday, and will be welcomed by issues such as the sequester—huge spending cuts that could take effect in February—and the debt ceiling. First up, though, Congress will vote on sending some $60 billion in aid to victims of superstorm Sandy—legislation that was delayed at the end of the last Congressional session. A vote on $9 billion in immediate aid is set for Friday, and Congress is scheduled to vote on the remaining $51 billion by Jan. 15. As for the incoming Congressional class, Republicans have lost a few seats, and Democrats have expanded their control in the Senate.

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