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    MEREDITH VIEIRA, co-host: But first, a new day is dawning on Capitol Hill where a new Congress , the 112th, is sworn in today. NBC 's Capitol Hill corespondent Kelly O'Donnell is there with the pomp and politics of the moment. Good morning to you, Kelly .

    KELLY O'DONNELL reporting: Good morning, Meredith . Well, there'll be plenty of symbolism and ritual packed into this day. The next speaker will be attending a bipartisan prayer service before arriving here to take the gavel and swear in a new more Republican Congress . The ceremonies will be shown live, streamed on Facebook -- that's a first -- in a season of change for Congress and the administration.

    Representative MIKE KELLY: This is just -- in here.

    O'DONNELL: Newcomers getting settled into their official digs. Pennsylvania Republican Mike Kelly is trading in his role as a car dealer.

    Rep. KELLY: I'll sleep here, but I'll spend the bulk of my time when I can -- I've got to get back to my district, I've got to get back with the people that I walk with and I talk with, the people that I work with.

    O'DONNELL: Illinois Republican Bobby Schilling , who left behind his pizza restaurant, admits being awestruck.

    Representative BOBBY SCHILLING: Just meeting the people that you see on TV , and I still have to pinch myself when I'm out.

    Representative NANCY PELOSI: Good morning.

    O'DONNELL: There was a very different adjustment period under way for House Democrats, like outgoing speaker, Nancy Pelosi .

    Rep. PELOSI: I wish them success, I look forward to working with them, but that's the key. We look forward.

    O'DONNELL: Today's big transition puts that scene from 2006 in reverse. This time the gavel passes from Pelosi to John Boehner . NBC News got an advance look at excerpts from Boehner 's first address as the new speaker. On spending and debt, Boehner will say "No longer can we kick the can down the road. The people voted to end business as usual, and today we begin carrying out their instructions." That includes a vote to repeal the president's health care law next week, plans to cut the budget for Capitol Hill operations by 5 percent, and roll back the federal budget to 2008 levels, which would trim billions. But as Republicans promote a new austerity, just blocks from the Capitol , many celebrated at a posh fundraiser Tuesday night with lobbyists and power brokers. Tickets started at $2500. Incoming Congressman Jeff Denham organized the event to raise money for new Republican members.

    Representative-elect JEFF DENHAM (Republican, California): Obviously this isn't just about raising money, this is about having a good time.

    O'DONNELL: And the next speaker, John Boehner , did not attend that event. And there will be change here as well for the administration. The vice president will be here today to administer the oath of office. He will have a change in his own office. A chief of staff switch will be happening. The president expects to do a staff shakeup as well. He'll be naming a permanent chief of staff within days. And the president will be lying low today with no


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