Carl Hulse reported in Saturday’s New York Times that, “House Republicans sought to build momentum for their effort to cut spending and confront Democrats over fiscal issues as they gathered for a policy retreat in the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, which have overshadowed their debut as the new majority party.
“Transplanted for three days to a well-secured hotel overlooking the city’s [Baltimore] harbor, Republican leaders said they spent considerable time exploring the budget and spending initiatives that they intended to make the centerpiece of their legislative agenda.
“They said they do not have much time to waste since a stopgap law keeping the government operating expires in early March. Republicans want to be ready with a spending plan they can promote as an alternative to what the Democratic-led Senate and President Obama might favor. ‘You don’t wait to the final day to be able to move forward,’ Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the new No. 3 House Republican, told reporters on Friday.”