What's in Store for the 113th Congress

Friday, January 04, 2013

It's back to work for Congress, and the 113th Congress is the most diverse yet. With a total of 101 women, including a record-breaking 20-women in the Senate, 43 African-Americans, 31 Latinos, 12 Asian-Americans and seven openly gay or bisexual members. As Takeaway partner The New York Times writes, "As the 113th Congress opens, the Senate and the House are starting to look a little bit more like the people they represent."

Despite all the new faces, many early items of legislative business are old ones -- and ones which could come with old battles. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich recaps Congress's first day back in session, and what's in store for the 113th Congress.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [2]

RAOUL ORNELAS from BEND, OREGON

What is so surprising about the reelection of John Boehner as Speaker of the House?!? When the House of Representatives is controlled by dysfunctional people with dysfunctional ideas then the only solution is to elect a dysfunctional Speaker such as John Boehner. Watching the House of Representatives is like reading an old Mad Magazine parody. Proof: Boehner and his pales had to be embarrassed by the Governor of New Jersey (whom they now hate) to vote funds for the victims and devastation caused by hurricane Sandy to the State of New Jersey. Question: If a major disaster occurred in the States of Kentucky or Ohio would Mitch (No) McConnel or John Boehner vote "NO" relief funds for the relief of their state's disaster? Answer: Probably yes..... Scotsmen are famous for being frugal, it's in their DNA, and the thinking of a Frenchman is impossible to comprehend....these are What Me No Worry People.

Jan. 04 2013 01:41 PM
listener

In regard to Sandy, no mention of the fortune of pork and unrelated spending that was deliberately larded on to the emergency bill which is tantamount to setting up a phony charity with only a portion of the money going to those who need it.

Tell us...what is the point of journalism if it doesn't investigate this kind of waste and abuse of public funds but instead promotes misinformation and embraces the mindless, knee-jerk partisan demagoguery of the administration and it's cronies? No wonder we are over $16 trillion in debt.

Jan. 04 2013 09:30 AM

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