Jan 4, 2011 10:12 PM by Maddie Garrett

Republicans Get Ready to Take Over House

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, our nation's capitol will undergo a massive change as 96 new members of Congress will be sworn-in. And an overwhelming 87 of those new lawmakers are Republican. Louisiana's own Jeff Landry will be representing District 3, and is one of those freshman Republicans.

Sent by angry voters, now Republican newcomers are ready to shake things up in Washington.

"it's going to be exciting. They've got about a hundred new members and they're ready to go," said UL Political Analyst Pearson Cross.

Cross said Republicans are fired up, and will be looking to undo some of the measures passed by Democrats.

"That would be Obama-care, they're going to try and end it, they're going to try to slash spending, they're going to look at the 14th Amendment and see about doing something about immigration, they're going to cut budgets," Cross listed off.

One of those freshman Republicans is Jeff Landry, representing Louisiana District 3, which includes Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes.

"We hope to use that power in a direction that allows us to create good state, private sector jobs, to reduce the deficit, to reduce the size of the federal government," said Landry.

Landry has been in Washington this week, getting a new apartment and settling into his new office alongside other newcomers. He is also appointed to the Natural Resources Committee and the Transportation Committee.

"We've been working very diligently to get assigned to committees that are important to the district and to South Louisiana," said Landry.

But there is a reality check for incoming Republicans -- Democrats still control the Senate. And that means anything passed by the House will likely die in the Senate, or be be vetoed by President Obama.

"So I would expect this to be a fairly do nothing but make a lot of noise Congress," said Cross.

But that noise might be all Republicans need as they get ready for the 2012 election cycle.



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