Soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner praises a $35 million cut in spending in his first press release of the new year. Sure, it's a drop in the bucket as far as federal spending goes, but it's a good start. Here's the release:
Having recently praised Michele Bachmann, and remaining a fan in general, I think it appropriate to register disappointment at her embrace of a silly position. On several conservative websites, you'll find a web ad featuring her and promoting a petition: "Tell Congress, 'Don't Raise the Debt Ceiling.'"
According to an editorial in the New York Sun, the 112 Congress will begin with a reading of the Constitution. As the editorial says, "It will be a fitting capstone to an election in which the cry of constitutional conservatism was heard throughout the land." The Sun urges members of Congress to take particular note of Article One, Section Eight:
A source on the Hill tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that ABC's Diane Sawyer is trying to line up freshmen Republican congressmen for a segment the night before the new Congress begins its new session. This is the email from ABC producers to the freshmen Republicans:
Paul Ryan is preparing to take the reins of the House Budget Committee, where he'll play a key role in the debate over taxes and spending in the post-November 2 era. Here are some links to bring you up to speed on Ryan and his revolutionary Roadmap for America's Future: