On Capitol Hill, it's the establishment's turn to rise
WASHINGTON - On Capitol Hill, it's the establishment's turn.
For months, tea party lawmakers provoked crisis and unrest in Congress - and even drove out a speaker.
But now, GOP leaders have turned to the business of governing, and they're pushing forward a series of bills destined to get the president's signature.
Major highway legislation and a sweeping federal education rewrite passed the House this past week despite conservatives' objections, and the measures are expected to become law. A massive spending bill for every federal agency is in the works, as is legislation to extend dozens of tax breaks.
Negotiations on the spending bill could melt down before Friday's deadline. Yet after months of turmoil in the Capitol, lawmakers are marveling that they suddenly seem to be getting things done.