New Congress 2013

The new 113th U.S. Congress, which convened on Jan. 3, is set to take a

fresh crack at a number of old, and highly contentious, issues, such as

gun control, immigration, the record debt, tax reform and the farm

bill.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is sworn in by Dean of the House, Rep . John Dingell , D-Mich., lower left, as the Speaker of the House of the 113th Congress, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. passes the gavel to House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, who was re-elected as House Speaker of the 113th Congress, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures after passing the gavel House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, who was re-elected as House Speaker of the 113th Congress, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., front row, center, poses with other female House members on the steps of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the official opening of the 113th Congress . (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio performs a mock swearing in for Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington as the 113th Congress began. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Rep.-elect Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, right, talks with his father Joseph P. Kennedy II, left, and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., D-N.J., center, as he waits to be sworn in as a member of the 113th Congress, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rep.-elect Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, right, talks with his father Joseph P. Kennedy II, left, and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., D-N.J., center, as he waits to be sworn in as a member of the 113th Congress, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio points to a microphone in between performing mock swearing ins, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, as the 113th Congress began. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Rep.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as she poses with other female House members prior to the official opening of the 113th Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as she poses with female House members prior to the officially opening of the 113th Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

More fiscal clashes loom as new Congress opens

The House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday, re-electing embattled Republican John Boehner as speaker and hailing one of their own who returned a year after being felled by a stroke.

Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate Oath to Sen. Mazie Keiko Hinoro, D-Hawaii, accompanied by her husband Leighton Kim Oshima, during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate Oath to Sen. Mazie Keiko Hinoro, D-Hawaii, accompanied by her husband Leighton Kim Oshima, during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington as the 113th Congress began. Rep. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Randy Forbes. R-Va., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, as the 113th Congress began. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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