The 113th congress
Democrats, women make inroads
The new Congress will be slightly more Democratic and more female, though House Republicans still hold a majority large enough to confront and confound President Obama as the nation grapples with a slow-moving economic recovery and record deficits. Senate Democrats, once scrambling to save vulnerable incumbents and their tenuous numerical advantage, surprisingly gained a net of two seats as undecided races were settled Wednesday. The final results gave women a high-water mark of 20 in the 100-member chamber.