Rise of the Republican Pragmatists

Expect the new GOP majorities in Congress to press forward with a governing agenda, avoiding the intra-party conflicts of years past.
In Washington, narratives last long past their sell-by date. One of the most common tropes is that Republicans are controlled by the far-right wing of the party and have little ability to govern. That was certainly true for several years, in the wake of their party's wipeouts in 2006 and 2008, along with the subsequent tea-party wave in 2010 that gave Republicans control of the House. Of the 66 Democratic seats that House Republicans picked up that year, more than…

NY delegation to the House gains clout

The three newest members of New York's delegation to the House of Representatives appear to fit the "Main Street Republican" image of the rest of the delegation.

The nine Republicans who will represent New York in the U.S. House next year likely will play an important role helping House Speaker John Boehner marginalize tea party dissidents.

"Leadership will be very happy to have New York Republicans there taking votes sometimes that people in other parts of the country would find it difficult to vote yes on," Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, said.

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Chairman Upton Outlines Priorities for the 114th Congress

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement regarding the committee’s priorities for the 114th Congress. Upton recently unveiled the #RecordOfSuccess webpage chronicling the committee’s bipartisan achievements in the 113th Congress.

“At the Energy and Commerce Committee we have had a proven record of bipartisan success and that will only continue to grow in the coming years. Earlier this year my Democratic colleague Diana DeGette joined me in launching the 21st Century Cures initiative with the goal of accelerating the pace of new cures and treatments. We have heard from patients, researchers, care givers, and…

Main Street’s Chamberlain in “Roll Call”: Tax Reform Needed for a Stronger America

The United States is once again at war. As of Aug. 8, our military has been mounting drone and warplane attacks on the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Support has been strong and bipartisan, but there is growing concern because the White House has not said how much this effort will cost, nor how it will be paid for. Surprisingly, tax reform could well provide the means to fund it.

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Midterm Election Preview

HOUSE PREVIEW:
Control of the House of Representatives is not in question, indeed there is almost unanimity among election watchers that Republicans will not only hold the House but actually increase their margin.  The question, of course, is how many seats will the Republicans gain?
The current House is made up of 234 Republicans, 199 Democrats and 2 vacancies.  Larry Sabato, from the University of Virginia, currently projects that the post-election composite of the House will be 243 Republicans and 193 Democrats.
Some interesting races to keep an eye on include:
Virginia 10th CD:  Retiring Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) is looking to be succeeded…

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LaTourette and Chamberlain: “Now Prove You Can Govern”

Voters have given the GOP an opportunity to make Washington work. By: Steve LaTourette and Sarah Chamberlain Republicans woke up last week with the largest House majority in more than 60 years and a new Senate majority with eight new Republican Senators. It has been a remarkable comeback for the GOP when you consider that […]

Rise of the Republican Pragmatists

Expect the new GOP majorities in Congress to press forward with a governing agenda, avoiding the intra-party conflicts of years past. In Washington, narratives last long past their sell-by date. One of the most common tropes is that Republicans are controlled by the far-right wing of the party and have little ability to govern. That […]

NY delegation to the House gains clout

The three newest members of New York’s delegation to the House of Representatives appear to fit the “Main Street Republican” image of the rest of the delegation. The nine Republicans who will represent New York in the U.S. House next year likely will play an important role helping House Speaker John Boehner marginalize tea party […]

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