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 McConnellThe Mueller report is a deterrent to government service Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age 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 ReidSanders courts GOP voters with 'Medicare for All' plan Glamorization of the filibuster must end Schumer won't rule out killing filibuster MORE (D-Nev.), escorted their successors around the chamber. Former Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar Bottom Line MORE (D-Md.) stood with Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates 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 YoungGOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback Menendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions Senate GOP proposes constitutional amendment to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats 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.