OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 :::

A Possible Leadership Fight

From The Hill comes an article on a possible RSC petition to hold congressional leadership elections if they current crew does not agree to offsets:

Unlike past periods of dissatisfaction over spending, such as in the Medicare prescription-drug bill and the farm-subsidy bill in the last Congress, conservative lawmakers finally see an opportunity to shake up the party leadership unless their demands are met.

Rank-and-file lawmakers have leverage because they can call for elections at the beginning of a new session. Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) reminded the conference of this last week to smooth approval of Rep. Roy Blunt’s (R-Mo.) ascension to majority leader after Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) stepped aside under indictment.

Any 50 Republican lawmakers can call for a meeting of the GOP conference, during which leaders may be voted on. Hastert urged colleagues to hold off until the year’s end.

Some of this is motivated by principle, some by a desire to gain greater institutional authority. I do not expect a petition to appear, but it is possible that the threat will increase the likelihood of action on some sort of spending restraint.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 10/05/2005 0 comments


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