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Congress kicks off 'lame duck' session in a new DC

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>> We're very eager to get up and running.>> With the bitter election over, the Republican controlled Congress reconvening Tuesday in a capital transformed by Donald Trump's rise to power. The first priority for law makers on both sides of the aisle as they begin the lame duck session, keeping the lights on in Washington.
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The federal government has been operating since October 1st under a temporary budget. And they have to come to an agreement or face a potential shut down. National politics correspondent Andy Sullivan.>> Congress basically has one job to do and that's to avoid a shut down. Current funding runs out on December 9th.
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The debate you're gonna see is whether to extend that for several months or a shorter period of time. The last thing Republicans want to do at this point is have this be a big drama and a big distraction as they're laying the groundwork for President Trump to take power in January.
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>> Other top agenda items. Lining up federal money for Flint, Michigan to handle it's water crisis, and hashing out differences on the Defense Fence bill that covers the costs of war. The house chamber also choosing their leaders, Speaker Paul Ryan sailing through a key vote on Tuesday, his past clashes with Trump forgotten.
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>> They nominated him to continue to be their Speaker, even though some conservatives have been grumbling about his leadership. Saying that he hasn't been supportive enough of President Trump. Ryan has been very, very careful these past few days to say that he's working closely with Trump as Trump builds his administration and prepares to take power.
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>> But after last week's drubbing, long time Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi facing a possible challenge from Ohio rep Tim Ryan, who represents a working class district of the kind where Hillary Clinton failed to connect in her White House bid. What we won't see, this year, Congress approving a new Supreme Court Justice, leaving Obama's appointee Merrick Garland on the sidelines, and the High Court divided four to four, until President Trump makes his own appointment in his early days in Office, as Republicans take control of both the White House and Congress for the first time in ten years.