There will be plenty of new faces on Capitol Hill this week when the 112th Congressional session convenes on Jan. 5. Republicans will gain majority control of the House as well as several seats formerly held by Democrats in the Senate.
Several hot-button issues are expected to be addressed in the upcoming session, including the economy, Federal spending, the unemployment rate, healthcare reform and immigration. According to FOX News, two freshman Congressmen have already pledged to reach across the aisle in order to achieve solutions on these issues.
First-time Representative David Schwiekert (R-Ariz.) said he'd welcome cooperation with the Democrats because both parties should be working together to create jobs and stimulate the economy.
"It's not defining the problems, it's coming to an agreement on how do we unleash this economy and start growing it," Schweikert told the media outlet. "And for a lot of Democrats it's going to be tough to reach over to our side because it's a philosophical difference."
In total, there will be 87 new Republicans in the House this year. The entire chamber will be getting a little older, according to The Wall Street Journal. The news provider reports that the average age of GOP House members is 56.6, which is up from 54.9 in the last session. The average age of Democrats will rise from 58 to 60.2.