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Durbin Hopes for Progress in New Congress
Capitol Hill has some new faces. Today, the Senate and House welcomed new members of Congress.
These lawmakers have some tough tasks ahead, even though just two days ago, Congress averted the so-called fiscal cliff.
The next big challenge is tackling the debt ceiling. Federal borrowing has reached the $16.3 trillion mark. But if they're going to do it, Congress has to raise the debt ceiling soon. The deadline is late February or early March.
Republicans want to see more cuts in spending. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said too many cuts can jeopardize our nation's future. But he's hopeful more will get done with the new Congress.
"I think in both the House and Senate, the new faces can make a positive change," Durbin said. "We've had too much bickering, too many showdowns, too many threatened government shutdowns in the last two years with this tea party confrontation. We've got to move beyond that. It's time to start working together and solve the problems that face our nation."
Durbin said he will vote to raise the debt ceiling, calling it "the only responsible thing to do."