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Democrat-led legislature congratulates Trump

One of the first items of business for the Democrat-controlled Rhode Island General Assembly was a congratulatory message to Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

The state House of Representatives passed a resolution by a voice vote Wednesday congratulating Trump. Some lawmakers could be heard voting "nay" but it's not clear how many. GOP House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan introduced the resolution.

The House also passed a resolution congratulating Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for being the first woman to be a major party's nominee.

About 86 percent of Rhode Island's state lawmakers are Democrats, giving the state the second-biggest Democratic legislative majority after Hawaii.

All of the lawmakers were sworn in during an oath ceremony Tuesday. Wednesday was the first working day but legislative committee leaders haven't yet been appointed.



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