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Wisconsin GOP congressional delegation vows no cheap shots

Wisconsin's Republicans in Washington say they won't just take cheap shots at everything the Democratic majority comes up with.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., of Janesville, says he's looking for ways to work with President-elect Barack Obama on the country's most pressing issues.

However, U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., of Fond du Lac, says there will be chances for the GOP to stop proposals which are too far to the left of ordinary Americans.

That's because majorities rarely march in total lockstep in Washington while minorities have banded together to kill major items that were thought to be shoo-ins.

Republicans, for example, killed Bill Clinton's health care reform package in 1993 although Democrats ran the White House and both houses of Congress.

In recent years, Democrats stopped private accounts for Social Security that President Bush was planning to ram through a Republican Congress.

Petri says he'll look for chances to "plot new ground" to make Democratic ideas more viable.

He cited Obama's plan to let workers unionize just by getting signed cards from a majority, instead of a secret ballot election.

Petri calls the idea very unpopular with Americans.