Two years ago, the sound and fury of the Republican Revolution shook official Washington. But Congress today seems serene by comparison — no 100 day marathons or Contracts with America. Speaker Newt Gingrich is even talking about holding regular meetings with the Congressional Black Caucus.
As the 105th Congress opens, we’ll take a look today at what’s happening on Capitol Hill, especially with the 32 new Republican and 42 new Democratic members of Congress.
GUESTS: CONGRESSWOMAN LORETTA SANCHEZ, from Orange County, California. In a historic victory in a traditionally conservative seat, Congresswoman Sanchez ousted Republican Robert Dornan by a narrow margin in November’s election.
REPRESENTATIVE DANNY DAVIS, from the 7th Congressional District in Chicago, Illinois. A Democratic congressman, Danny Davis is a former Chicago city councillor and a former Cook County commissioner. He joins us from Chicago.
REPRESENTATIVE JIM MCGOVERN, from Worcester, Massachusetts. Jim McGovern defeated a two-term incumbent in November’s election. He was a former aid to Congressman Joseph Moakley and earned a strong reputation as a champion of human rights, especially in El Salvador.
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL, a Republican from Houston, Texas, he defeated a four-term Republican in the primary before winning November’s election. Congressman Paul ran for president in 1988 on the Libertarian Party ticket and previously served in Congress in the late 1970s.