"The U.S. Congress prepared Thursday to welcome dozens of new members to the harsh reality of a bitterly divided government and big fights in the coming weeks over how to make sure the country can continue to pay its bills. The top Republican in Congress was expected to keep his job, despite bruising fights in recent days with members of his own party over fiscal issues.
The outgoing Congress, which has been
criticized as the least productive one in more than 60 years, staggered
to an end this week by passing a limited deal to avoid the worst of the
so-called "fiscal cliff," a self-imposed Jan. 1 deadline for widespread
tax increases and deep spending cuts to take hold. After near rebellion
by tax-opposing conservatives in the Republican-controlled House of
Representatives, the deal passed late Tuesday to raise taxes on the
richest Americans while protecting the middle class and the poor."
But hey give them a raise anyway!