Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Gingrich Promises 'Implementation Congress,' Seeks Common Ground

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Gingrich Promises 'Implementation Congress,' Seeks Common Ground

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House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) was re-elected Speaker of the 105th Congress by House Republicans without dissent. Accepting his party's nomination, Gingrich told his GOP colleagues they are morally bound to make divided government work and cannot return to the confrontational tactics that marked the last two years.

Calling the new Congress the "Implementation Congress," Gingrich said, "If the last Congress was the Confrontation Congress'...We bear the unusual burden of reaching out to a Democratic President and saying Together we are in fact going to find common ground.'"

Gingrich indicated his agenda for the 105th Congress would emphasize not only a balanced federal budget, but also education and environmental priorities. He said the federal government must be prepared to deal ruthlessly to stop the sale of drugs.

Gingrich made his priorities statement as the members of the 105th Congress from the House of Representatives met with their respective party caucuses in Washington last week to select their leaders and their schedule and begin to set an agenda for next year. Senators will be meeting in Washington next week to elect their leadership teams for the 105th Congress.

In a sharp change from just two years ago Gingrich announced a mayor shakeup of the House leadership structure and announced a very slow schedule for the opening months of the new Congress next year, including co-sponsoring a, bipartisan invitation for a retreat for all Members of the House and their families in early March.

The dramatic changes in mood and schedule in the House came as GOP leaders and new House freshmen met in Washington, D.C. last week and as President Clinton's new Chief of Staff, Erksine Bowles, met with Gingrich, and the President's new budget director, Franklin Raines, met with top Senate leaders and House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich (A-Ohio) at the White House in an early effort to jump-start a balanced budget agreement to submit his next budget to the Congress by February 5, 1997. …

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