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New US Congress convenes

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dpatopbilder – ARCHIVE – The United States Capitol, the seat of Congress, in Washington. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP/dpa

After the parliamentary elections in November, Congress will meet for the first time in a new constellation on Tuesday (12:00 p.m. local time, 6:00 p.m. CET). The Republicans then take control of the House of Representatives – in the Senate, the second chamber of Parliament, President Joe Biden’s Democrats continue to have a narrow majority. The start of the new legislative period is overshadowed by a Republican power struggle for leadership in the House of Representatives.

The leader of the party, Kevin McCarthy, wants to be elected chairman of the chamber. The post, which has been occupied by Democrat Nancy Pelosi in recent years, is third in the US government rankings after the president and his vice president. However, several party colleagues rebelled against McCarthy – and in view of a narrow majority of the Republicans, he had great difficulty to secure enough votes in his own ranks for the election. The rebellion against him could delay the usual procedure or possibly throw it into chaos.

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