New Congress: Fewer moderates make deals harder

FILE - This Nov. 13, 2012 file photo shows Sen-elect Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and Sen-elect, current Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. walking together on Capitol Hill in Washington. When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer of the tea party-backed 2010 House GOP freshmen who sought re-election. Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of pragmatic, centrist veterans in both parties. Among those leaving are some of the Senate’s most pragmatic lawmakers in both parties, nearly half the House’s centrist Blue Dog Democrats and several moderate House Republicans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer tea party-backed House Republicans from the class of 2010 who sought a second term.




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