By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
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(CNN) – What has really changed in Washington?
President Obama remains in the White House, the Democrats are still in charge of the Senate, and the Republicans retain the House.
The Democrats' near-sweep of close Senate races made for an unforgettable story, but the Democratic-Republican split is just one or two digits different. (Democrats will pick up two seats if Senator-elect Angus King, I-ME, decides to caucus with them.)
Think nothing has changed? Majority Leader Harry Reid strongly disagrees. And Tuesday, he offered an example of what the 2012 election could bring in Congress: a charge in the filibuster rules that are central to gridlock.
“I think the rules have been abused and that we’re going to work to change them. We’re not going to do away with the filibuster but we’re going to make the senate a more meaningful place. We’re going to make it so that we can get things done.”
Across the Rotunda, in the House, Republican Speaker John Boehner also indicated a change Wednesday, offering a new, clear concession in the fiscal cliff debate.
He told reporters that Republicans could agree to new government revenue if it is part of a deal including broad tax reform, entitlement reform, and spending cuts.
“If there is a mandate in this election, it is a mandate for us to work together.”
The political parties controlling Congress and the White House haven't changed, but immediately following the 2012 election, at least, the tone has changed.
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