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WASHINGTON — For the first time in 12 years, the Democratic Party won control over the House of Representatives in the 2006 elections, as well as barely tipping the scale in the Senate.

After a number of tight races were finally called–well after Election Day–the Democrats won the Senate by a slim 51-49 margin, with two Independents caucusing with the Democrats. Credit union friend Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has promised to introduce the Credit Union regulatory Improvements Act in the Senate, was one of them; the other Independent was Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), whose re-election campaign CUNA’s political action committee dumped nearly $160,000 into through independent expenditures on direct mailings that could not be coordinated with the candidate.

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