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Congressman sworn in for 5th term

The 115th Congress has been gaveled into session.  A big question for one local lawmaker about a new President being in control is a simple one: what will that be like? 


4th District Democratic Congressman Jim Himes says Congress got a taste on opening day Tuesday.  House Republicans dropped plans to gut the independent ethics office that oversees the activities of lawmakers after widespread criticism.  Himes notes that President-elect Trump tweeted his displeasure with the plan, and the reversal isn't something he's seen before.  Himes said there is some uncertainty about what the political future will look like as everyone adjusts over the next couple of months. 


With all of the political fights that are likely to be tough, Himes wondered why this would be the first thing Congress does.  If nothing else, he says it looks bad.


Himes called it a good decision to reverse course, adding that it looks like it's going to be an interesting couple of months.


Himes says it's nice to get a fresh start.

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