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In House, Both Parties Do A Leadership Dance

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In House, Both Parties Do A Leadership Dance

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In House, Both Parties Do A Leadership Dance

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ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

NPR's Andrea Seabrook reports on the decisions that both parties face about who will lead them in the House.

ANDREA SEABROOK: Oregon Republican Greg Walden is running the GOP majority transition team. He spoke to reporters before a meeting today.

GREG WALDEN: We've got well over 80 members that will be new to our conference coming here. A lot of them bring a lot of energy, intelligence and experience that we want to incorporate into how we rewrite the rules of the House and the rules of the Republican Conference.

SEABROOK: The man who will be best at this, say many members, is the moderate, Steny Hoyer. California Democrat Jane Harman calls Hoyer indispensible.

JANE HARMAN: He's a bridge builder. He's a unifier. He's inclusive, and he wants to solve problems. I don't want to throw spitballs. I think voters are sick of that. And the only recipe for Democrats ever to get back into the majority is to demonstrate that we can make Congress work, and we can join with others to solve problems.

SEABROOK: California's Barbara Lee heads the Congressional Black Caucus.

BARBARA LEE: It's absolutely essential that the Democratic Party reflect the constituencies and the concerns of all people in the country.

SEABROOK: Andrea Seabrook, NPR News, the Capitol.

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