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And things aren't -- as welcome now to happening now we're glad you're with different -- and generally and I'm John Scott happening now a new year and a new congress.
The vice president Joseph Biden set to swear in senators in the old senate chamber.
Before the senate hold its first session of the 113.
Congress and gets back to the nation's business or.
Some might say avoiding the nation's there's big question -- there yeah.
We'll we'll see -- -- because there are twelve newly elected senators eight Democrats three Republicans one independent.
Democrats increasing to 55 the number of seats they control in that 100 member body.
There also will be twenty women in the senate that is the highest number yet.
Bret Bair is joining us now for a look at what we can expect out of the 113.
By John the 113 congress is now in session that twelve noon straight up it is up.
Now the new congress.
In the house.
The house clerk has just.
-- the house stood to order.
And the clerk Karen Haas says convene the house.
You're looking there at the senate actually in there.
There -- Saying a prayer at the beginning of the 113.
A congress says you do look live -- the senate.
Both sides have these and there's a prayer at -- 113.
Start of the house.
You know what let's listen -- to this if you if you don't -- don't mind.
When once again we celebrate.
The peaceful transition.
Of democratic government.
Though many return.
From the 112.
This people's house is a new legislative assembly.
-- the service.
Of all the members here gathered give you glory.
And then quit well.
The charge entrusted to them by their fellow citizens.
Give each member an abundance of wisdom.
Knowledge and understanding.
That they might know best how to proceed in the work they have to do.
As well as the courage to act once they have discerned where -- -- spirit might lead them.
And may all that is done this day.
And all the days of the 113.
Be for your greater honor and glory.
The representatives elect and their guest -- please remain standing.
Enjoying the pledge of allegiance.
As directed by -- the clerk at the house is prepared.
The additional role of the represented at the -- Certificates and actually covering 435.
In the 113.
Congress had been beat -- by the clerk of the house and the name of the dead -- these credentials.
They were regularly and acted.
As representatives in accord with the love of their respective dates for the United States will become.
The represented blacks will report their presence by electronic device and -- need.
Be reported in alphabetical order by stage beginning with the state of Alabama.
To determine whether requirements presence.
Representative elect will have a minimum of fifteen minutes to record their presence by electronic device.
Had not -- their bedding ID cards may do so in the speaker's lobby.
So that is the house clerk Karen Haas and this is the process of registering all of the new members there are 433.
Members in the house so there are two vacancies.
Former representative Jesse Jackson junior from Illinois Democrat and the senate.
Tim Scott Republican from South Carolina.
Leaving the house of course and that's now an open seat congressional seat becoming a south Carolina's newest senator.
So the breakdown in the house is 233.
Republicans to 200.
Democrats now you're looking at the senate side and the swearing in happens in.
Basically different groups.
Let's listen there.
Almost hard to believe -- the way that this bipartisan group being sworn in to a new term gets a round of applause from everybody in the chamber.
After all of the Rinker and the name calling we've heard over the last couple weeks.
That's right and you know this is.
You know it's a ceremonial time but it's also a time when.
Both sides acknowledge this is a big moment -- war especially new members.
To take the oath of office.
That they are going to do.
The country's duty.
To their constituents that they -- that elected them who elected them.
And so today.
And for people who been up here for.
Senators and congressmen -- been up here for a long time.
They acknowledge that that's a big moment for that so I think.
That's that's part of the feeling that you get from from all the applause as you look at them the senator's side.
Record -- there on the Senate's so called him.
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