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Beginning new terms, Republican Allen and Democrat Clyburn share this common goal

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 8:06 AM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The 117th Congress met for the very first time over the weekend to swear in members.

That includes senators and representatives from our area.

Georgia Republican Congressman Rick Allen was sworn in Sunday. He’s represented the state since 2014.

Democratic South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn was also sworn in. He’s represented South Carolina since 1993. He is also continuing to serve as horse majority whip.

They both said overcoming the coronavirus is at the top of their agendas.

“That’s my goal, is to defeat COVID and get people back to work,” Allen said.

“We had the best economy in the world before, and that’s what I want to get back to.”

Clyburn said: “We will be able to bring on a lot of bipartisan support for getting rid of and beyond COVID-19.”

House Democrats also narrowly re-elected Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House.

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