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Jan032011

Moving Day for Congress: Out with the Old, In with the New

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The halls of the congressional office buildings are packed with staffers waiting in line for office keys. Furniture clutters entryways waiting to be arranged. It's moving day for the new Congress.

For many of the 94 newly elected members, the journey that ended at the steps of Rayburn, Cannon and Longworth Monday morning began many miles away and with no thought of entering public life.

It's largest influx of new members of Congress in the House in nearly 20 years and it's mostly Republican. Eighty-five to be exact, with just nine lonely Democrats set to be sworn in on Wednesday. At least 35 of these newly elected members have never held elected office.

The Republicans unveiled their first major piece of legislation Monday night: the repeal of the Health Care Reform law. The legislation was posted online Monday evening, which means the first procedural vote on health care repeal will likely be Friday -- keeping their pledge to post all bills for 72 hours before holding a vote.

Vote on the repeal bill itself will follow on Wednesday, January 12.

That health care reform vote will be a largely symbolic vote, and a nod to the Tea Party, because there is virtually no chance repeal would pass the Senate. These new members will soon be in the midst of a potentially bigger battle over funding the federal government.

Tea Partiers, for their part, say they are watching Republicans closely in these opening weeks.

"We plan to watch these people just as closely as we did the Democrats over the past two years," Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, told ABC News. "If they don't do what we expect, they will see the same kind of intense pressure the Democrats did. It's fair to say no one is safe."

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