House, Senate Convene for 111th Congress

By: Andrew Taylor AP
By: Andrew Taylor AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate have convened for a new
Congress that will immediately confront the country's struggling economy.

Nine new senators and 54 House members are there to start their new lives on Capitol Hill. And they are joined by two freshmen non-voting delegates. Vice President Dick Cheney swore the senators into office.

The opening of the new Congress came on the same day that Senate
officials denied a seat to Roland Burris because of a dispute over
his appointment by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Besides the economy, lawmakers also will face considerable early
work in reviewing President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet nominees.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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