November 9th, 2010
11:51 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP showcases transition team

Washington (CNN) - The House Republican Transition team is busy crafting reforms to House rules for the next session of Congress and emphasizing that the GOP will get to work quickly on reducing spending and fixing an ailing economy.

But it is also making a deliberate effort to show that GOP House leaders are listening to the new members, specifically those with ties to the Tea Party.

Oregon Republican Greg Walden, who was tapped by GOP leader John Boehner to lead the effort, featured some of the new faces at a Tuesday morning photo op on Capitol Hill. Four incoming freshman are serving on the transition team - Rep-elect Cory Gardner, R-Colorado; Rep-elect Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois; Rep-elect Martha Roby, R-Alabama, and Rep-elect Tim Scott, R-South Carolina. Scott, one of the two African American incoming freshmen, was seated right next to Walden at Tuesday's meeting and other freshmen were close by.

Walden emphasized, "Remember we all stood for election, we were all out in the same atmospherics and environment. But I'll tell you what, we've got some dynamic young leaders that are coming into our conference and you bet we're listening to them, 'cause they're bringing the message that we heard from Americans."

On Monday CNN learned that House GOP leaders are creating a new position at their leadership table for a member of the freshman class, which will be the largest in decades. A source close to South Dakota Rep-elect Kristi Noem says the incoming freshman has expressed interest in the spot. The Republican freshman class is expected to vote on its choice next week.

Roby told reporters Tuesday, "transparency and accountability is the number one focus right now from where we sit."

Asked about the party's effort to bring in more minorities, Scott said, "It's important for us to realize that the best outreach for minorities is to look at the overall construct of America and realize that we all go together. The water is rising, all ships have a better view of the future."

The transition team also met with former Republican Rep. Jim Nussle of Iowa who handled the last GOP transition to power in 1994. Walden said one important lesson was to pay attention to the details of the legislative process: "Sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day, the small stuff matters. It matters to how this institution operates. It matters to how the public perceives this institution."

The often messy process of passing health care reform was one of the key issues fueling Tea Party anger at the Democratic-led Congress going into the midterm elections.

Despite predictions from political observers that it will be a contentious atmosphere on Capitol Hill next year, Walden struck a bipartisan note, saying he believed one aim of the transition panel was to "treat others like you want to be treated."

He reported that he already met with two House Democrats, Massachusetts Rep Mike Capuano, who led the 2006 transition effort, and retiring Washington Rep Brian Baird.

Referring to House Democrats, Walden said, "They came here with brains. They shouldn't be parked at the door just because they have a different party label."

Walden deferred questions about the decision to add a leadership position for the new freshman class, but noted there would be over 80 new House Republicans who would have an impact. "We want them at the leadership table and
they will be represented effectively and forcefully by the new Member they choose."

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "I am glad the true representatives of California were intelligent enough to defeat proposition 19."

    You mean the CA growers? Cuz I've got news for you...THEY are why it did not pass. It was written in such a way that it would have damaged the fledgling growing industry. It wasn't voted down because people with a stick up their bum somehow won the day. It was voted down because smart potsmokers and pot growers wanted a better legalization law.

    November 9, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Emerson

    "The House Republican Transition team is busy crafting reforms to House rules for the next session of Congress"

    Make sure that you put the following rule at the top of your list, in bold letters, and then follow it:

    RULE #1: I WILL ALWAYS SERVE THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA BEFORE I WILL ACT IN THE INTERESTS OF MY POLITICAL PARTY, IDEOLOGY OR SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT ARE LOBBYING ME AND PAYING ME MONEY.

    November 9, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    GOP showcases transition team

    Yep, transition for WHAT? By the end of January, 2011 – the RepubliCAN'Ts had better:
    Lower the unemployment rate;
    Improve the economy;
    Improve the housing market;
    Pass the Dream Act;
    Repeal DADT;
    Improve the HCR because they know damn well they cannot REPEAL it,
    Decrease the deficit, NOT add to it;
    CUT all unnecessary SPENDING;
    Leave the Financial Reform in place and IMPROVE IT, if necessary!
    EXTEND the tax cuts for those making under $250,000-1,000,000 (if we have to go there) and ENDING the tax cuts for those making OVER that threshold; and
    Other Miscellaneous STUFF!!!!

    After all – they DO NOT only represent the FAR-RIGHT and secondly, they think they are MIRACLE WORKERS – Make it happen!!!

    This is T'sah – OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 MOVING AMERICA FORWARD with President Obama, along with the RepubliCAN'Ts/Democrats who are on board............YES WE CAN!!

    November 9, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    THE CLOCK IS TICKING GOP! Where are the jobs Boener? How are you going to pay $700 Billion to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans? What are you going to cut to balance the budget?

    November 9, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. stufthis

    The first thing republicans will do is add $3 trillion to the national debt by extending the failed Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, and then blame the president for the national debt. The second thing they will do is change the entitlements like social security, medicare and the VA, and blame the president. The next thing they will do is eliminate minimum wage, unemployment benefits, GI benefits, health reform, Wall Street reform, environmental regulations, and protections for consumers, and they will blame the president.

    November 9, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. EddyL

    All lies.... only a fool would believe anything GOP has to say....

    November 9, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Dina

    Put your money where your mouth is, GOP cut the bloated Pentagon and end text cuts for the rich and tax loopholes for corporations–shift those loopholes into tax breaks for corporations who hire at home. Do you have the nerve? I doubt it.

    November 9, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Jen Randle MO

    And they say all this with a straight face? "The message they heard from Americans"....yes, the Americans who share their same ideology and that doesn't represent all of America. Cut the spending? They have not been able to even articulate how they will do that in any way different from what's already been tried. How about ending the wars they supported which were unfunded and got us into this quaqmire. Empty BS. If they even talk of deregulation for Wall St. they will lose on the next round!

    November 9, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. BillOrally

    The Republicans' goals include (other than their No. 1 goal of running Obama out of office): (1) repeal health care reform, (2) continue the Bush tax cuts for income over $250K, (3) reduce discretionary spending to 2008 levels.

    Doing (1) will add $1 trillion to the deficit. Doing (2) will add $700 billion to the deficit. Doing (3) is likely to result in an $860 billion annual deficit (there was a $460 billion deficit in 2008 and, thanks to the recession, tax revenues are now $400 billion lower than they were in 2008). Way to focus on fixing our debt problems, Republicans.

    November 9, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Flip

    GOP and transparency? That's like saying a tiger is a vegan.

    November 9, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. King

    These repugs will cut the money that is keeping America a float the dems just cut 1 trillion dollars off the deficit and didn't fire no teachers, polices, fire fighters, government workers, wfare and food stamp recipients because they know they are the worker bee of the economy. They don't save alot all they do is bring money around to local businesses spurring demand and jobs to help with the demand. This is the holiday season for crying out loud this is when the American economy boom with all these gift spending people but all this talk with the repug spending cuts will force the big spenders into a reserve mood and not spend so much because they don't know if their jobs will be cut when the repugs take over next hear. The local businesses are on edge also because they will lose a lot of customers so they are thinking about cutting employees. So money will be lost all around but these stupid stupid people allowed fox entertainment news with their rederic, lies, name calling, intolerance and those paranoid filled shows like glen beck allowed themselves to get mad so they can lose their rationality and voted against their own self interest. Hey the dems saved a trillion doars and didn't cut us into a thirdworld country this week.

    November 9, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    ATTN DEMOCRATS: Don't debate Sarah Palin in the media, facebook, etc. She's attempting to set the agenda for a campaign debate with questions she can remember because she can't respond in a face to face debate; take for example her taking on Fed Chairman Bernanke when she knows nothing about "quantative"(math, science) economics in an attempt to get answers. If Palin wants to learn anything about economics or any other college level degrees, tell her to stop being lazy and go to school like Bernanke. Palin is lazy and is attempting to use a "cheat sheet" since she got caught using her hand.

    November 9, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. R

    @EddyL
    I suppose you think that Democrats can do no wrong, and are just perfect little angels huh.

    You all need to quit acting like mindless cheerleaders and learn that neither party cares about you – never have, never will. They all keep saying the same things over and over again to get people to believe in them, only to find out that they no longer care about the ones that elected them, but only care about when they'll get that next donation. Sad, very sad.

    November 9, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Rev Mike

    Cut spending? No problem! We'll just cut spending in all the states but mine. Cut the deficit? No problem and all!! Cut taxes to the rich and all the corp.s that gave to the GOP campaign! That will fix it!!!

    November 9, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "It's important for us to realize that the best outreach for minorities is to look at the overall construct of America and realize that we all go together. The water is rising, all ships have a better view of the future."
    -------------------------------------------------–
    What the hell does THAT mean?
    And I don't mean in doublespeak either!
    You gonna have minorites represented in your little caucus or not? Yes or no answer only.
    Jeeesh! This crap does NOT bode well for those of you that suffered from amnesia and pulled the lever for these idiots.
    Too bad we gotta go down with you.

    November 9, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    win the election with fear and misinformation and big bucks from secret corporations and they promise transparency? I will give the GOP credit for this...they know how to take advantage of an electorate that has NO clue how to fact check,appears to have a very short term memory about how we got into this mess and who got us into it, and comes into office with NO plan whatsoever than to make sure President Obama is not re-elected. To heck with the economy, jobs, and the deficit...they have to have total power. Too bad there are so many Americans who don't see through this and the ones that too were too stupid not to vote this time.

    November 9, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. John Farren

    The Republicans need to be reminded and HELD to one point- You campaigned on the economy, so now you OWN it. If unemployment is not reduced to 7% within 18 mo., then you failed.

    November 9, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Lynne WA state

    YEAH RIGHT...and at over 200lbs I am a size zero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. stufthis

    Why do wingnuts want to repeal health reform if the CBO says it will actually reduce the deficit and insure 35 million additional people? Oh, now I remember, big insurance companies spent hundreds of millions to bribe the republicans to repeal it.

    November 9, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Susan Harris

    Like the Dick Cheney/oil execs meeting type of transparency?

    November 9, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    The Republican house have already shown business as usual by adding another bureaucratic level to their leadership .
    What do they think this vote was about. they say Obama is out of tough- look in the mirror guys- you are worse. It took you less than 3 days to ADD to the government layers to get thorugh.

    November 9, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. david bidlack

    Boener is going to have to talk about the details of simple the republicans made the fixing of this countries sound! when he starts to deal with what he will have to cut from the federal budget he is going to hear the real anger of the american people. remember the campaign add with the chinese guy stating that we work for them? were did the china get the money to lend us in the first place? they got ot with the "free and open trade" with no regulation ideas of Ronald Raegan the" supply sider". Ronald Raegan is their guiding light for all directions they will take even thuogh any one that has eyes and a mind can see this big experiment didn't work! the republicans battle cry really is LET THE BIG EXPERIMENT GO FORWARD. THE ONLY THING THIS ELECTION IS GOOD FOR IS TO MAKE REPUBLICANS SAY SOMETHING WITH FACTS IN IT INSTEAD OF REPEATING THINGS LIKE "FOUNDING FATHERS AND CORE VALUES". does any one really think that balancing the budget will creat jobs. does any one really think that extending the tax cuts will creat any jobs because it hasn't so far. does any one think that republicans can creat jobs without spending goverment money to do so. do you think that deregulating wall street will creat jobs or did you sleep thru the blow up on wall street? i am a democrat and if you think that i am sad about the election outcome your wrong because we still have the senate and the white house thats 2 to 1 odds we have control. the only thing that has changed is now republicans have to start walking the walk instead of saying things to get the attention of the press on the house floor like " HELL NO WE WON'T". these guys are already down sizing their goals by saying to the press that they want to try cutting the federal budget by $100 billion dollars next year. big deal thats less than %10 of what they promised because president oboma has already cut it for them by ending the afganistan war of $150 billion dollars a year cost. watch these guys try everything they can think of not to rock the boat because one thing i have learned is republicans never ever get out of campaign mood long enough to run this country. they were still blaming bill clinton in the 2004 election by bringing up his name thru the whole campaign.

    November 9, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Transparency from the GOP? Sure they will. You're going to have more cloak and dagger with this bunch than ever before imagined because they have already stated that they are not going to try to work with Obama. This will be the set-up for 2012 when they can point out what Obama didn't get done. Go ahead, Swifties, but you are dealing with a different type of personality in Obama, a type of personality that everybody took for granted during the 2008 campaign, a man who will tell it exactly like it is and point out the faux pas on both sides, and given the GOP's penchant for not wanting to do anything with Obama, they're leaving plenty of fodder for the election, ala Truman when the Do-Nothing Congress thought they would ruin him!

    November 9, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. jaime

    will these be the same ideas they incorporated into the "pledge" they simply rehashed from the 90's? i do not trust the republicans. all too often they err on the side of corporations and special interests, going against the good of the nation.

    November 9, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Charles

    T'SAH I like your list because you are right the republicans can not cut health care or financial regulations because they did not take the Senate. In fact if they do anything to improve the economy in the next year Obama will get the credit and get a second term in 2012 and if they do not Boner will get the blame. Check & Mate
    Justsan

    November 9, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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