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House re-elects Boehner speaker as 113th Congress begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite grumbling in his own party, John Boehner has been easily re-elected to a two-year term as House speaker.

The vote came a day after blistering attacks from lawmakers, including Republicans, over Boehner's decision to cancel a vote on aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy. In the end, only 10 Republicans voted for someone else as speaker. Boehner received 220 votes. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi got 192 votes.

Boehner struggled to hold back tears and hinted there will be a battle over government spending with President Barack Obama.

In the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden swore in 12 new members elected in November, lawmakers who won another term and South Carolina Republican Tim Scott. The former House member was chosen by Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the remaining term of Sen. Jim DeMint, who resigned to head a Washington think tank.

The new Congress still faces the ideological disputes that plagued the dysfunctional 112th Congress, one of the least productive in more than 60 years.

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