Although nearly 100 freshman lawmakers will be sworn in Thursday at about , the party breakdown will not change significantly. Democrats will continue to control the Senate, 55-45. Republicans maintain a majority in the House, 233-200, with two vacancies.
The newcomers are part of a Congress that replaces one of the least productive in decades. The 112th Congress -- approval ratings dipped to a low of 12 percent -- wrapped up remaining business Thursday morning before ceremonies began for the new Congress.
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