112th Congress Officially Hits the Scene
Matt | On 06, Jan 2011
Let the ratchedness of partisan politics begin (again)!!
Yesterday was an important day on Capitol Hill. The 112th Congress officially took their oaths of office.
The day was one that saw the House of Representatives taken over by a 242-193 GOP-led majority. The Senate inched closer to the conservative side, though it’s still led by a 53-47 Democratic majority. That means it’s going to be harder for President Obama to get his agenda through Congress. Though, it’s going to also be hard for the GOP to advance their causes without the Senate and the White House to approve the measures.
In the House, the Tea Party is the story du jour. The “outsider” wing of the Republicans has arrived in Washington, D.C., wide-eyed, and ready to stop every Obama Administration spending initiative they can in the name of fiscal responsibility. That’s going to be a really interesting one to watch.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) played a game of musical chairs with the new Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). They essentially switched roles when the Republicans took over Congress, since Rep. Boehner was the House Minority Leader. They also switched offices. Mr. Boehner will get the spacious office that overlooks the National Mall. Ms. Pelosi will get the second-rate digs. The two were cordial in formal transfer of power ceremony on the House floor on Wednesday.
In one of his first acts as Speaker of the House, Boehner shed tears of joy at the Speaker’s podium. Just think of how many corporate lobbyists and mega-rich he’ll be able to serve in this new role. He’s gonna have to hold onto his “orange glo tan” for quite awhile now!