Sunday | January 12, 2003
Term Limits? Those Are For the Little People
I seem to remember something about a contract . . .
GOP Leaders Tighten Hold In the House
House Republican leaders, through a series of little-noticed rule changes and key appointments, are dramatically tightening their hold on power as they prepare to push for new spending cuts, bigger tax breaks and a more ambitious social agenda.
Since padding their majority in the November elections, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) have circumvented the seniority system to reward their most loyal allies with important chairmanships. They have systematically changed internal rules to seize greater authority over rank-and-file members, and they unexpectedly scrapped the eight-year limit on Hastert's reign.
Maybe they should change the name to the Reichstag of Representatives?Posted January 12, 2003 10:45 PM | Comments (29)