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New Congress readies for fight with Obama

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.
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The 112th Congress is set to take over on Wednesday and there are already plans to schedule a vote to repeal the health-care overhaul and hold hearings on Medicare fraud and waste – what else can we expect? Contention and a reading of the Constitution. Some of the issues in the cross hairs include new limits on greenhouse gas emissions and government spending. It has been 16 years since a Democratic President has faced a Republican controlled Congress – which resulted in the 1995 government shutdown. Will this be déjà vu all over again?


Jonathan Allen, Congressional reporter, POLITICO

Ed O'Keefe, author of the "Federal Eye" blog at and Federal Government Reporter, Washington Post