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Congress talks cooperation
WASHINGTON (AP) - Savoring
their renewed majority, Republican con-
gressional leaders spoke optimistically
yesterday of cooperation with President
(linton on their agenda of tax cuts and
imaller government. "We don't have to
live in a world of confrontation," said
Speaker Newt Gingrich.
At the same time, Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott promised a probe
into the allegations of Democratic
campaign financial misdeeds that Bob
Dole raised in his losing bid for the
White House. "We have a responsibil-
ity in a variety of ways to take a look
at ... what appears to be wrongdoing,"
But another round of Whitewater
hearings? No, says the Senate Banking
Committee chair, Alfonse D'Amato (R-
N.Y.), who also headed the special
Senate panel that delved into the
Clintons' ties with the owners of a
failed S&L and subsequent dealings.
"We should leave that in the hands of
the special prosecutor, and shouldn't be
attempting to substitute our judgment,"
D'Amato said yesterday.
"It's not the time to be looking at
investigations, either by the banking
committee or any other" Senate panel,
Clinton, too, sounded hopeful that he
and the GOP Congress could work
together. Referring to recent legislation
that raised the minimum wage, expand-
ed access to health care and reformed
welfare, he said, "If we can somehow
re-create for the next four years the
spirit that prevailed in the last six weeks
of the Congress, we can do great
Republicans are expected to take a
few weeks to sort out their plans for the
Congress that convenes in January, but
some elements were clear even before
the final votes were counted in Tuesday's
undecided congressional races.
In an interview, Gingrich renewed
his promise to have a constitutional
amendment on term limits as the first
substantive issue on the House floor
Lott, at a news conference, suggested
a balanced budget amendment to the
Constitution might be voted on early, as
well. That passed the House in 1995,
but failed by a single vote in the Senate,
with Clinton lobbying lawmakers to
"It looks like we might have the votes
to pass it" when the newly elected sen-
ators are sworn in, Lott said, although
he also predicted that some former
Democratic supporters would be under
pressure to switch their votes.
Gingrich said he had spoken by tele-
phone with Clinton during the day, and
the GOP leaders "want to sit down with
him" next week before they begin map-
ping their agenda.
"It is the American system that after
the election you figure out how to get
things done," said the Georgia
Republican, who spoke harshly of
Clinton during the campaign.
Lott will be presiding over a strength-
ened GOP majority in the Senate begin-
ning next year. With an Oregon race
still unsettled, Republicans will have at
least 54 seats, one more than in the
expiring Congress. That likely will
translate into larger majorities on some
or all committees, giving the GOP a
freer hand in drafting legislation.
In the House, Republicans will have
roughly 10 fewer seats than last time,
with the final tally awaiting the out-
come of six races too close to call and
three runoffs set for Dec. 10 in Texas.
It marked the first time in 66 years
that Republicans had held onto a House
majority. Even so, the loss of a few seats
is likely to strengthen the hand of mod-
erates in both political parties - the
Republicans who want to sand down the
sharper edges of their own party's agen-
da and the Democrats who are willing to
reach across the aisle on key issues.
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