Return to @the Capitol.
Scrutinize the work of several major Congressional committees in online forums with the chairs and ranking members.
Begin an ongoing dialogue with
twelve new members of Congress.
Follow the first year in Congress of
Freshmen Reps. Kay Granger (R-TX)
and Jay Johnson (D-WI)
For the freshmen class of the 105th Congress, it is time to get to work. The Congressional leaders of both parties have outlined their legislative priorities and the President has delivered his State of the Union Address and his 1998 Budget. Now new members begin the work of representing their districts and working in their committees. The two freshmen in this week's forum have a full plate of committee and district work ahead of them.|
John Sununu Jr., the new Representative from New Hampshire's First District, is the son of former Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. Name recognition and the traditional Republican message of smaller government and low taxes guided Congressman Sununu to victory. Now in Congress, Sununu has garnered key committee assignments on Budget and Government Reform and Oversight. With the introduction of the President's budget on Feb. 6th, Sununu and the other members of the Budget Committee will begin to consider the $1.69 trillion document.
Democratic Representative Mike McIntyre, a small town lawyer from Lumberton, NC, will be focusing on his work on the Agriculture and National Security Committees. McIntyre, who commutes home every weekend to be with his wife and two children, represents the 7th District of North Carolina, the southern most section of the state. A member of the conservative Blue Dog Democrat coalition, Congressman McIntyre plans to use his National Security position to protect the interests of the three large military bases in his district: Fort Bragg Military Reservation, Pope Air Force Base and Camp Lejeune Marine Training Center.
What did they think of the President's State of the Union? Was it a call for bipartisanship or a laundry list of popular sounding ideas? What has been their reactions to Clinton's budget? What are their priorities in the new Congress?