- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 24, 2010


My blueprint for the new congressional Republicans is a simple plan: Create working majorities in both Houses of Congress.

I urge House Republican Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio to talk immediately with Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina and his supporters. Just like the Democrats this year, next year the Republican majority in the House will not need a single vote from the other party to pass legislation in the House. Unlike Democrats this year, Republicans can ask more moderate Democrats to team with House Republicans to get strong bipartisan legislation passed. Make Mr. Shuler the de facto Democratic minority leader and make Nancy Pelosi irrelevant as the minority leader. The American people do not want Mrs. Pelosi and those with similar voting habits.

In the Senate, the Republican minority needs just five Democratic votes. I urge Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, not to work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, but to identify five senators with whom the Republican minority can work to make a bipartisan, moderate majority.

Finally, keep forcing President Obama to veto or accept bipartisan legislation placed on his desk, either balancing his actions or revealing him as the “president of no.”


Newport News, Va.

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