New Congress: Symbolism early, sizzle to come
January 5th, 2011
07:57 AM ET
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New Congress: Symbolism early, sizzle to come

Washington (CNN) - As the new Congress convenes Wednesday, the initial focus for Republicans, fresh off their 2010 midterm election victories, will start off symbolic with the legislative meat to be served shortly after.

House Speaker John Boehner recently laid out his vision for the upcoming session, vowing to make the "people's House" more transparent. His first order of business will be passing a new set of rules for the legislative chamber.

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  1. Peter s

    More transparent while taking money from the lobbyist under the table?

    January 5, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    One thing you can always count on, republicans were out of touch in 1920, and they are still out of touch in 2011.

    January 5, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA/The Fascists 112th Congress

    Where are the jobs? I'll be singing this all the way into 2012. The United Corporated States of China & India convenes today.

    January 5, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Orlando American

    The political nonsense of 'symbolism' instead of substance = closed-door events instead of 'transparency'. Who is he kidding?

    These "new" politicians have quickly aligned with the same ol' lobbyists, PAC's & other Washington insiders, disappointing the tea groups who were unfortunately swindled into the politicians' status quo.

    And sorry, but what was the PR manager for LeAnn Rimes possibly thinking getting her involved in this political nonsense? How sad.

    January 5, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Tony

    To make any significant dent on the deficit, Republicans need to restore spending and taxing levels to 2000, prior to the Bush tax cuts. For people who don't understand this, think about cutting your income when you still have the same spending obligations. You still need to eat, pay for rent or mortgage, and pay for life's other necessities. These expenses do not disappear when you have less money to spend. Try to do all of these when you cut your own income, which is what happens to the federal government when it cuts taxes and still needs to pay for things like defense, Social Security, Medicare, veterans' benefits, and interest on the national debt. Republicans may believe otherwise, but tax revenues do not increase when everyone pays lower taxes and the economy loses 8 million jobs from the recession.

    January 5, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    The TeaPers may be easily swayed by pomp and circumstance, but I imagine it will take a great deal more to convince the electorate that Republicans are serious in their quest to cut spending. Deciding amongst themselves who will be most needed to keep their constituents happy with a no vote on raising the dept ceiling isn't rocket science. Doing what is needed to keep the Government (and world) economy afloat isn't a red state or blue state option. Perhaps GOPers ought to have thought debt reduction way back when ole George was trying so hard to bankrupt us. Each and every member of Congress who gave Bush carte blanche from 2000 – 2007 ought to be REQUIRED to vote yes on raising the Debt Ceiling. They are, after all, most responsible for the need to raise it. Instead, we will hear nothing but posturing and demands ...

    January 5, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Boycotts Work

    Here we have the best and brightest the CORPORATE Fascists have to offer.

    January 5, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |