Thursday: The 113th Congress arrives

This first session of the new Congress will see the election of the Speaker of the House. Rep. John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ohio) is a virtual lock to be elected Speaker again, even though that seemed slightly less certain in the middle of the week when conservatives balked at passing the Senate's fiscal-cliff bill.

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Once elected, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will hand him the gavel, and BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE will make opening remarks to the House. Once Boehner is himself sworn in, he will swear in the entire House.

Soon after, the House will debate and approve the rules for the 113th House, which are contained in the resolution H.Res. 5.

In the Senate, Vice President Biden will take the chair at noon, and will preside over the ceremony of swearing in the new Senate.

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