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Minority Republicans Lean Toward Moderation

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The 110th Congress convenes tomorrow and the Democrats have a majority in both houses for the first time in twelve years.

Illinois Republican Representative Mark Kirk sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

He says Republicans will turn their eyes homeward as they approach the next presidential election.

“We’re looking for a moderate political agenda, refocusing on key domestic issues,” Kirk says. “I think the political atmosphere of the time now will quickly shift from the president to the presidential candidates,” he continues.

Kirk says he is opposed to President Bush’s plan to deploy more troops in Iraq and supports an accelerated hand-over.

He also hopes to help get a stem cell research bill passed.The last stem cell bill was vetoed by the President in July.

In addition, Kirk expects Congress to address ethics rules revoking pensions of convicted congressmen.

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