New lawmakers begin 112th Congress
Several new Virginia lawmakers were sworn in as the new Congress convened Wednesday. They’re barely settled in and already are facing tough issues. Manuel Quinones reports from Capitol Hill.
Virginia figured prominently in the beginning of the 112th Congress. Richmond area Republican Eric Cantor officially became House Majority Leader and several new Old Dominion lawmakers took office. One of them is Republican Robert Hurt, who will represent Virginia’s 5th District West of Richmond.
Hurt: We’ve got a lot of reason to be hopeful. We can turn things around in this country, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work.
Republicans are united in anticipation of an upcoming largely symbolic vote on repealing the new health care law. But the looming debate on whether to raise the debt ceiling promises to be contentious – even within the GOP.
Hurt: I have a real hard time voting to increase the debt ceiling, because I just feel like what we have now is unacceptable and we've gotta stop it.
Hurt defeated Democrat Tom Perriello in one of the most closely-watched races in the November midterm elections.
From Capitol News Connection, Manuel Quinones, WCVE News, Washington