Rollicking start to diverse new Congress as kids crowd in

Rollicking start to diverse new Congress as kids crowd inAmerica’s freshly sworn-in lawmakers — a historically diverse group of Democrats and Republicans — enjoyed a rollicking first session of the new Congress Thursday, a rowdy opening day that saw children scampering through the chamber. The House of Representatives chamber was clogged with its 434 certified new members — one seat remains in dispute — along with several dozen of their children and grandkids, and hundreds of guests packing the upper-level galleries. Democrats cheered as Nancy Pelosi won a hotly contested election for speaker.



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