The Week January 1-7


The G.O.P. Congress Opens

For the first time in 40 years, Republicans took control of both chambers of Congress. Pledging to strive for bipartisan cooperation, Newt Gingrich took up the Speaker's gavel and, as promised, immediately plunged the House into a marathon session devoted to enacting sweeping rule changes. Among the many provisions adopted (with Democratic support): committee staff reductions and the elimination of some committees and subcommittees; the opening of more committee meetings to the public and TV; and the imposition of limits on how long a member may serve as Speaker or committee chairman. The Representatives also voted...

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