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How many Democrats, Republicans and Independents are currently serving in Congress?
As the 110th Congress was sworn in on January 4th, the Senate was made up of 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats, which gives Democrats a slim majority. In the House, there are currently 233 Democrats and 202 Republicans.
WASHINGTON — Congressional job approval ratings have sunk to their lowest point in three decades, according to the latest Gallup Poll.
A survey of 1,016 adults taken July 10-13 found that 14% approve of the job Congress is doing. That's half President Bush's record low 28% job approval number, and the lowest congressional rating since Gallup first began asking the question in 1974.
The most recent decline comes almost exclusively from Democrats, whose approval of Congress fell from 23% in June to 11% in July, while independents’ and Republicans’ views of Congress did not change much. As a result, Republicans are now slightly more likely than Democrats to approve of the job the Democratic-controlled Congress is doing (19% vs. 11%)..
WASHINGTON (AP) - After consulting with Barack Obama, Democratic
leaders are likely to call Congress back to work after the election in
hopes of passing legislation that would include extended jobless
benefits, money for food stamps and possibly a tax rebate, officials
It often takes two or three months for a new
Congress to begin turning out legislation, particularly when a new
president is settling into the White House.