Virginia Foxx

Congress opens with a Republican stumble, showing battles ahead between Trump and GOP

Congress opens with a Republican stumble, showing battles ahead between Trump and GOP

The new Congress opened with a stumble Tuesday after the Republican majority’s plan for gutting an independent ethics office drew a firestorm of criticism — including tweets of displeasure from President-elect Donald Trump — that forced lawmakers to reverse course in a sign of battles to come.

The messy debut of what was supposed to be a celebratory start on Capitol Hill foreshadowed roadblocks ahead as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan tries to lead his often willful GOP majority while maneuvering unexpected outbursts from the party’s new leader in the White House.

Trump’s early-morning tweet storm against surprise GOP plans for a watered-down...

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