Washington (CNN) - As the new Congress convenes Wednesday, the initial focus for Republicans, fresh off their 2010 midterm election victories, will start off symbolic with the legislative meat to be served shortly after.
House Speaker John Boehner recently laid out his vision for the upcoming session, vowing to make the "people's House" more transparent. His first order of business will be passing a new set of rules for the legislative chamber.
And in a move to satisfy the leanings of the Tea Party movement, which propelled the GOP to its historic takeover of the House, the Constitution will be read aloud on the House floor on the second day of the new session. In addition, all new bills must meet a constitutional test.
And the first significant legislative item Boehner wants to tackle? President Barack Obama's health care reform law.
GOP leaders unveiled legislation Tuesday that would repeal the law. Republicans, according to House GOP sources, plan a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote next Wednesday.
Many argue the repeal legislation is more symbolic than anything else. While it may pass the GOP-dominated House, its future in the Senate is uncertain. Democrats are still in the majority after all - and if it gets passed the Senate, Obama can veto the legislation.
Republicans might control the House, but they don't have the two-thirds it would take to override a presidential veto.
But they might take another route - cutting off funding to the law or changing parts of it.
Republicans are adamant the law is hurting jobs - something that is topic No. 1 for them and a majority of Americans demanding change.
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