>> And the gavel to the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.>>
>> Thank you very much.>> Republicans gaveling at a new Congress Tuesday under a cloud of controversy. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Republicans embolden by the 2016 elections had hoped to kick off the new year with a bang, but instead veering off into turmoil and discord on Tuesday as their forced to reverse course on their plan to weaken an anti-corruption office in the face of outrage from Democrats, Watchdogs and even their own incoming president Donald Trump.
Trump who campaigned on a promise to drain the swamp in Washington quickly firing off a scathing tweet that House Republicans should focus on priorities, such as repealing Obamacare and cutting taxes not undermining ethics safeguards. Republicans quickly dropped the idea saying, the ethics office will remain independent after all, but the episode highlighting divisions between the GOP and their incoming president just as they had hoped to show unity with a parade of conservative legislation.
>> The people have given us unified government and it wasn't, because they were feeling generous. It was because they want results. Republicans hoping to pass an Obamacare repeal before Trump takes office on January 20th. They're also hoping to weaken the Dodd-Frank banking reforms pushed by Obama in the wake of the financial crisis and they'd love to cut funding for planned parenthood.
The conservative house freedom caucus also pushing to ease tobacco regulation. Coupled with an infrastructure plan pushed by Trump, it would be the biggest burst of legislation since 2009 and 2010 when the Democrats clinched Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and his $700 billion stimulus package. Democrats still reeling from November's loss are left with little leverage, but will try to recruit wavering Republicans in the senate to stop some of Trump's more controversial cabinet picks like Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson tapped for Secretary of State who boasts close ties to Vladimir Putin.
And as Trump throws a damper on the festivities with Tuesday's ethics rebuke, he's likely to run into trouble of his own with Republicans over Russia and its role in the 2016 campaign. Trump dismissing the hacking allegations despite US intelligence agencies saying that evidence points towards Moscow. He wants everyone to move on, but Republicans are preparing to roll out hearings and tougher measures of their own that would go even beyond the expulsions and sanctions rolled out last week by President Obama.