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Which political party controls Congress?

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As of May 2014, the two bodies of Congress are split between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans hold the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, with 234 members compared to the Democrats' 201. In the U.S. Senate, Democrats have the majority with 53 seats compared to the Republicans' 45.

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According to the Archives of the House of Representatives, the current Speaker of the House in 2014 is Ohio Representative John Boehner. The current Minority Leader is Nancy Pelosi. In the Senate, Harry Reid is the Majority Leader, while Mitch McConnell is the Minority Leader. Democrats controlled Congress for a short time from 2007-09, when they won the majority in the House. They also controlled the Senate because Joe Lieberman, an Independent candidate, caucused with the Democrats. Republicans won back the House in the election held in 2011.

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