Fresh-Faced GOP Ready for Capitol Showdown

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There will be plenty of fresh, new faces on Capitol Hill Wednesday, and most of them are Republicans ready to present President Obama with plenty of fresh, new challenges.

Early Tuesday morning, buses rolled out of Cincinnati, Ohio, bound for Washington, D.C. They were full of friends and supporters of the House Speaker-in-Waiting John Boehner, R-Ohio, and are eager to watch him be sworn in to office as lawmakers kick off the start the 112th United States Congress.

After the ceremony, Boehner will take charge of the House, where 85 new Republicans give him a solid majority. Many of the new representatives have just arrived to capital city they will now call their second home.

"We're here to fight," Rep. Elect Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., said. "We're here to get this thing back on track where it needs to be so our kids and our grandkids have the same opportunities that were afforded to us."

Next week, the GOP-controlled House will give President Obama his first real taste of things to come when it votes to repeal the health reform law.

Obama recently met more friendlier faces during his visit to the Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii than he will once Congress resumes. Still, while en route to Washington aboard Air Force One, the president played down the pending vote.

"Our job this year is to make sure that we build our recovery. We started to make good progress on that during the lame duck. And I expect to build on that progress when I get back," he told reporters.

The vote will likely pass in the House, but will end there since Democrats still control the U.S. Senate.

Democrats said the effort is nothing short of smoke and mirrors.

"This repeal of healthcare by the Republicans is political theater. It is a kabuki dance," Rep. Rosa LeLauro, D-Conn., said.

"When our Republican colleagues have positive solutions, they will again have a willing partner in solving problems for the American people," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the current House speaker who will soon become the new House minority leader.

With a slip of the tongue, the outgoing speaker showed old habits are hard to break.

"I'm very pleased today to be here today with our majority leader, Democratic leader of the House Steny Hoyer," Pelosi said.

"You can keep calling me that if you want. I won't object," Hoyer replied.

However, starting Wednesday that title officially goes to the Republicans.

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