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Opening day of 118th Congress in Washington(16 images)

The 118th Congress convenes at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. Among the first items on the agenda are leadership elections. The House, now with a Republican majority, will choose a new speaker.

The 118th Congress convenes at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 3, 2023. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI
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House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrives for a meeting to nominate the speaker of the House. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI
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McCarthy speaks to reporters. He needs 218 votes to secure the speaker position. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI
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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks as he arrives for the closed-door meeting. Gaetz said he supports Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for Speaker instead of McCarthy. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI
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