A freshman Senate class was sworn in Jan. 3, bringing diverse skills and experience – not to mention agendas – to the legislative body. Whether the 14 newest senators help break partisan gridlock, or refuse to work across the aisle, will be the test for the 113th Congress.Twelve were elected on Nov. 6, including three Republicans, eight Democrats, and an independent. In addition, a Republican and a Democrat were appointed to vacant seats after the election. Here is a look at the 14 and what they bring to the Senate:
A court ruling in Nebraska means that state will have to start over in its approval process for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. That hold-up might make the Obama administration less inclined to decide soon whether to OK a federal permit for the project.
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