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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., front row, center, poses with other female House members on the steps of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the official opening of the 113th Congress . (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

New Congress 2013

The new 113th U.S. Congress, which convened on Jan. 3, is set to take a

fresh crack at a number of old, and highly contentious, issues, such as

gun control, immigration, the record debt, tax reform and the farm