U.S. Congress to vote this week on party leaders

U.S. President Obama hosts a luncheon for bi-partisan Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House in WashingtonBy Amanda Becker and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will select party leaders this week for the new Congress that begins in January, and most candidates are running uncontested with no surprises anticipated, lawmakers and aides said. In the Senate, where Republicans will take control from Democrats in January following big gains in the Nov. 4 midterm elections, both parties are expected to vote on Thursday to keep their current top leaders. …

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