The House's Freshman Class Starts To Get Frisky

It looked like a classic Capitol Hill mismatch. An upstart band of freshmen, led by Representative Sam Coppersmith (D-Ariz.), took on the leaders of both parties in late June to kill funding for an advanced Energy Dept. nuclear reactor. With strong support from the 114 first-termers, Coppersmith and company won, 267-162. Savings for the taxpayers: a modest $32 million. Still, the rebellion was a stunning example of what the new members of Congress can do when they work together.

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