Senate swears in new members

Senate swears in new members
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Seven new senators were sworn in on Tuesday afternoon as lawmakers kick-started the new Congress.

Vice President Biden swore in the freshmen, as well as 27 senators who won reelection in November. Tuesday marks the last time the outgoing vice president will preside over a new Congress.

"I'm pleased to welcome back familiar faces and express warm greetings to new members," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (R-Ky.) said to the Senate gallery, packed with staffers and family members, after the swearings-in.

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He added that while lawmakers have "hard work" ahead, the new senators should "take a moment to celebrate the rich tradition of this day."

The event also brought a handful of former lawmakers, including former Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), back to the Senate floor.

Newly retired lawmakers, including former Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNo, it is not racist to question birthright citizenship McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' MORE (D-Nev.), escorted their successors around the chamber. Former Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiLobbying World Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE (D-Md.) stood with Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe Democrats demand Trump officials withdraw rule on transgender health The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE (D-Wash.), who will now be the longest-serving female senator, as she was sworn in by Biden.

Republicans are welcoming two new senators — Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungOvernight Defense: Senate fails to override Trump veto on Saudi arms sales | Two US troops killed in Afghanistan | Senators tee up nominations, budget deal ahead of recess Senate fails to override Trump veto on Saudi arms sale GOP chairman yanks Saudi bill after Democrats muscle through tougher language MORE (R-Ind.) and John Kennedy (R-La.).

Democrats have five new senators: Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).

Biden will conduct ceremonial swearings-in with new senators in the Old Senate Chamber on Tuesday afternoon.