On Capitol Hill, Rep. Deborah Pryce is chairwoman of the Republican Conference, making her No. 4 in the House leadership structure and the highest-ranking woman in her party.
But this year, back in her central Ohio district, those accomplishments could hurt as much as they help.
A videotape of a conference call between the White House and emergency officials in Louisiana and Mississippi clearly catches President George W. Bush in a lie in his later claims that his administration didn’t know about the dangers facing the Gulf Coast from Hurricana Katrina.
President Bush’s Republican allies on Capitol Hill are nearing votes on his austere budget blueprint for next year, and it’s clear it will look a lot different by the time they’re finished.
Nervous lawmakers are flinching from proposed spending cuts, and as GOP loyalists draft plans to implement the budget, election-year politics are driving their decisions.