Starting this Monday, the Senate welcomes 16 fresh faces to the Capitol’s marbled halls. While they won’t be sworn into office until January, these newly-elected members – three Democrats and 13 Republicans – come to Washington to tour the buildings, learn rules of decorum, and meet with their future coworkers. The new Senators come largely from open seats where both parties had a new candidate on the ticket and include a handful of tea partyers.
Both parties in Congress are citing the US deficit as reasons not to approve new spending unless it's offset. For Republicans, that issue has been unemployment insurance. For Democrats, it's extending the Bush tax cuts.
Jobless benefits: After Tuesday's vote, if all goes as expected, about 2.5 million people will receive unemployment insurance retroactively.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) appointed his former general counsel, Carte Goodwin, to the late Robert Byrd’s Senate seat. But it is widely believed that Governor Manchin has his eye on winning the seat in special elections.