Watching Government: The new Congress

Although it will be closely divided, the next US Congress won't be paralyzed to the degree that some observers think.A week after the Nov. 7 elections, it appeared that voters had elected 220 Republicans, 211 Democrats, and three independents to the House of Representatives. One race was still undecided. Several races could be overturned by recounts of ballots.In the Senate, Republicans had a 50-49 majority, with a Washington state seat still in limbo. Recounts could cause three Senate seats to flip.The next Senate could easily be tied 50-50. That would give the new vice-president more than a token role in government, since he would break tie votes in that chamber.The lingering uncert...

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