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The opening day of the 110th Congress includes the swearing in of the Representatives and the election of the Speaker of the House.
Paul Broun was sworn in as the representative of the Tenth District of Georgia to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Charles Norwood.
The House continued work on a $37 billion spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security.
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) gave his farewell speech in the House.
Members debated a non-binding resolution opposing current U.S. policy in Iraq while supporting military personnel stationed in the region. The resolution passed on a vote of 246 to 182.