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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Welcome to 2chambers

By Felicia Sonmez

If you're reading this, it means you've found your way to 2chambers -- The Washington Post's Congress blog. Welcome!

Coming on the heels of a historic wave election that led to the biggest partisan turnover in the House in more than six decades, the 112th Congress marks the return of a Republican majority in the lower chamber after four years of Democratic control.

It also marks the first time in eight years that each party controls a different chamber of Congress, with Democrats still holding the majority in the Senate -- meaning that divided government is the name of the game.

This blog will delve into the political and policy battles and deal-making that take place within each chamber as well as between them. We hope you'll consider us your guide to the key players and developments on the Hill, bringing you the latest news and insights from both ends of the Capitol.

We also hope you'll think of this space as a running conversation on what's happening in Congress. Your (respectful) comments and tips are always welcome -- send us an e-mail or leave a note in the comments section.

This blog is anchored by Felicia Sonmez but will also feature the talents of other reporters in the Post's Capitol Hill bureau, including Paul Kane, Shailagh Murray, Ben Pershing, Philip Rucker and David Fahrenthold.

So bookmark us now -- and make sure to follow us on Twitter!

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 24, 2011; 6:00 AM ET
 
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2Chambers is a terrific idea. For all of us at Capitol Voice, we look forward to interacting. Our membership is particularly interested in Washington events and issues and is comprised of an active grassroots lobby. Congratulations on such a good idea.

Posted by: C-VPoliticalDirector | February 24, 2011 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Felicia Sonmez:

You write

"We also hope you'll think of this space as a running conversation on what's happening in Congress. Your (respectful) comments and tips are always welcome -- send us an e-mail or leave a note in the comments section."

Do you mean that this is to be a "running conversation" between you, the pro writers at WaPo, and us, the am writers in commentariat?

Or do you mean that you see commentary as a sort of chyron-style chat stream ("An opportunity for ordinary people to express themselves in real-time!") of immediate reactions and argumentative, partisan declarations, above which you establishment journalists perch, unengaged?

Which is it to be, Felicia Sonmez, a one-way conversation sitting on top of another one-way conversation, or a two-way conversation between pro journalists and engaged news users, meant for clarification, fact-checking and elaboration, in which the understandings of both bloggers and audience are increased?

Thanks so much in advance for clarifying, Felicia Sonmez, I hope you will find a moment or two to respond with exactly what sort of "running conversation" you envision.

Posted by: stuart_zechman | February 24, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations on earning your own blog. After showing such love, dedication and caring for the Republican Party and their POV there was no choice left but to promote you. It was the right thing to do.

I hope we can continue to get access and direct publishing of RNC polling and faxes, the best upbeat Republican tidbits, heads up on who is latest promising Republican heading to the White House and choice emailed insider facts from Republican campaigns nationwide and their very sharing staffs. Of course, the GOP's unique view on the 2chambers will be the real headline here (who needs to put that on the masthead?)...it was never made clear at The Fix, was it?

Thank goodness the Democrats only have the White House and the majority in the Senate(the other chamber alas!) or else there would no Democratic news worth ever inserting in passing. Do you know any Democrats?

Regardless, I'm sure you will continue to do a real fair and balanced job, as always.

Congratulations again Felicia. USA! USA!

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 24, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey Stuart -- thanks for the question, and thanks for reading. Am hoping this blog will be an opportunity for us all to engage on what Congress is doing, how it works and why it matters. If there's something you think we should be covering but aren't, or if there's an issue you'd like to know more about, let us know. If there's something you want to an express an opinion on, that's great, too. Basically, any respectful thoughts you have on anything we cover are welcome in this space and we'll do our best to respond.
Hope that helps!
Felicia

Posted by: Felicia Sonmez | February 25, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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