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New lawmakers from Maryland join contentious first day of Congress

New lawmakers from Maryland join contentious first day of Congress

Congressional Republicans faced a bipartisan backlash on Tuesday over a proposal to weaken ethics oversight as the new session began with two new Maryland Democrats in the House and another elevated to the Senate.

In a day usually consumed by ceremony and ritual, the 115th Congress began instead with a struggle over GOP plans to gut an independent House ethics office. The idea was abruptly abandoned following criticism from President-elect Donald Trump and a flood of calls by constituents to lawmakers — underscoring the delicate politics the GOP now faces with its hand on the helm of power.

The machinations also demonstrated the environment in which Maryland's new lawmakers...

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