Wednesday, August 3, 2011

House GOP Freshmen Talk Loudly, Carry Big Sticks


There's one thing that freshman Republicans and the old-guard GOP leadership can agree on — the Class of 2010 fundamentally changed the focus of the debate over taxes and spending.In a key test of their clout, the group of congressional newcomers largely stuck to their guns through tense negotiations, forcing a first-ever cap on discretionary spending and staving off tax increases."I cannot recall in my own experience or in my studies this ever happening before," said Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University in Washington. "Such a group of backbenchers changing the debate in such a short amount of time is really incredible."

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