First-term Representative Sean Duffy leveraged voter backlash over expanded government into an election win last year. His support last week for the U.S. debt- reduction deal is leaving the Republican vulnerable to a potential revolt of his own.
Sean Duffy and Chip Cravaack are the emblematic politicians of the 2010 congressional elections: Tea Party-backed Republicans who won in heavily Democratic districts and succeeded two of the most powerful figures in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Redistricting obliterated his House seat serving central Iowa. Still, Republican Representative Tom Latham has something going for him: a 4-1 cash edge in his re- election race against Democratic Representative Leonard Boswell in a merged district.
U.S. lawmakers are close to agreement on a plan to continue a payroll-tax cut for two months and require the Senate to appoint negotiators to discuss a longer-term plan, a Republican congressional aide said.
The U.S. House has a message for voters who want to cut spending: It passed a bill repealing a long-term health care program that the Obama administration had already dropped, and would bar welfare recipients from spending their benefits in strip clubs and casinos.
Deserted by many of his fellow Republicans, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner surrendered to attacks from President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats and agreed to a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut that he derided hours earlier.