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January 12th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Representative Jason Chaffetz will carry a gun

In the wake of Saturday's fatal shooting in Arizona, which specifically targeted Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Congress is talking about ways in which it can secure its members' safety going forward.

Representative Jason Chaffetz (R) of Utah says he plans to take his security into his own hands by carrying a concealed weapon, as he has done in the past. Rep. Chaffetz has possessed a conceal and carry permit since before his election to office in 2008. While some elected and government officials share Rep. Chaffetz's sentiments about personal security, there are also those who disagree with his approach. Rep. Chaffetz tells CNN's T.J. Holmes how concerned he is about his own safety.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Gun rights
January 12th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Senate security official: 'Putting more guns in the mix is not the answer'

Congress members are meeting this morning to review safety procedures on Capitol Hill after tragic events of this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona led to the death of 4 people and left 14 injured, including United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

T.J. Holmes interviewed Representatives Ted Poe and Debbie Wasserman Schultz earlier this week about how and if they planned to change their public schedules in the future. Both said they would not and agreed that their primary responsibility is to their constituents no matter what. But then the question still remains, how do you keep our congress members safe?

Today T.J. talks with the Sgt. Terrance W. Gainer, the Sergeant at Arms in the US Senate and responsible for the safety of United States congress members. Although many security options are on the table, Gainer tells T.J, "Putting more guns in the mix is not the answer."

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Gun rights • Politics
January 6th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Rep. Cantor: Health care will "bankrupt the government"

Representative Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, took his new position yesterday as the majority leader in House of Representatives and he hasn't taken any time to make his party's position on President Obama's health care reform clear. Cantor tells Kiran Chetry that unless something is done the health care bill could potentially bankrupt the federal and state governments.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • GOP • Health care • Politics
January 6th, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Freshman Reps. Womack and Cicilline on the change they'll bring to DC

We're taking a look this week at some of the newest members entering congress this year. Yesterday we talked to Representatives Karen Bass, D, California, and Paul Gosar, R, Arizona, about what they thought were the most pressing needs for the 112th congress.

Today we talk to Representative Steve Womack, R, Arkansas, who not only won his seat by the second largest margin in his state but was also the only Republican in Arkansas who had not been backed by the Tea Party. As well as talking to Representative David Cicilline, D, who will replace Rep. Patrick Kennedy as the representative from Rhode Island.

Representatives Womack and Cicilline explain to T.J. Holmes what message they are bringing to Capitol Hill and Washington DC from their constituents outside the beltway bubble.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Democrats • GOP • Politics
January 5th, 2011
07:58 AM ET

Two freshmen Reps. call for changing of D.C. culture

As John Boehner was being sworn in today as the new Speaker of the House for the 112th Congress the former speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was addressing a new drastic change of her own...changing her Twitter username:

"I'm now @NancyPelosi – 2 characters shorter than @SpeakerPelosi. RTers rejoice!"


A new Congress means the changing of the guard in Washington and new class of congressional freshmen on Capitol Hill. But what do the freshmen members want to see? What do they want change?

Today on American Morning, two new freshmen representatives, Rep. Karen Bass, D, Calif.,  and Rep. Paul Gosar, R, Ariz., tell AM's Kiran Chetry and Jim Acosta what they hope to accomplish in the 112th Congress and how they plan to turn their campaign rhetoric into action.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Politics
January 5th, 2011
07:49 AM ET

What to expect from the 112th Congress

Today marks the first day of the 112th Congress, and with it, a new Republican majority in the House of Representatives. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is promising that House Republicans will run "a cut-and-grow majority" in the upcoming year, planning to reduce the amount of federal spending while simultaneously growing the economy.

Number one on the House Republicans' agenda is a vote on repealing President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. Some Republicans say they were elected to repeal the legislation. But a recent CNN/Opinion Research Poll finds that only 37 percent oppose the bill for being too liberal, and that any possible legislation passed would meet a veto from President Obama.  Does that mean Republicans' efforts are a waste of time?

Kiki McLean, a Democratic strategist, and Ed Rollins, a Republican strategist, talk to American Morning about the Republican roadmap for healthcare repeal and the other upcoming legislative battles facing the new Congress.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Democrats • GOP • President Barack Obama
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