Lott: New Spark Plug For The Senate

Conservative Trent Lott is cutting deals as Majority Leader

`Gridlock" doesn't seem to be part of Trent Lott's vocabulary. In his first two weeks on the job, the Senate Majority Leader revived dormant health-insurance-reform legislation, pushed for a bipartisan welfare overhaul compromise, and pledged a vote on the stalled Democratic proposal to raise the minimum wage. He even cut a deal with a liberal Senator, Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), to secure the confirmation of Alan Greenspan to a third term as Federal Reserve Board chairman. Not bad for a deeply conservative Mississippian dismissed by critics as too ideological to build consensus.

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