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January 4, 2007 3:00 AM

Democrats elect first female speaker, pass lobbying reforms

Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California took the oath of office Thursday as the nations first female speaker of the House of Representatives, calling it an historic moment for the Congress and for the women of this country and a moment for which we have waited more than 200 years. As Democrats retook control of the House and Senate after a dozen years out of power, they moved immediately to pass lobbying and ethics reforms in the House and to establish their top 10 legislative goals in the Senate. Republicans in both chambers tried to walk a line between graciousness and pushing to hold Democrats to their pledges to include them as full partners in legislating.

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