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Rep.-elect Enid Waldholtz, R-Utah, had a heady start to her congressional career during the three-day House Republican's reorganizational conference this week.

She successfully cosponsored several reforms, from cutting committees to stopping commemorative bills such as National Asparagus Week; she helped friends win leadership spots and won the biggest plum of a committee assignment possible for a freshman."Some people have wondered if we would really change Congress," Waldholtz said. "Now they know we meant what we said."

Some of the reforms approved by the House Republican Caucus - which are expected to be easily approved by the full House when it convenes next month - that were cosponsored by Waldholtz include:

- Eliminating taxpayer funding for legislative service organizations - ranging from the Black Caucus to the Hispanic Caucus and Arts Caucus. That would save about $5 million a year, eliminate 96 staff jobs and possibly close 16 offices.

- Ordering a cost-benefit analysis of selling one of the five House office buildings - which Waldholtz said is "a clear statement to the American people of our commitment to shrink the size of the federal government."

- Creating a task force to consider even more committee reform on top of the already approved 20 percent cut in committees and subcommittees.

- Banning the practice of passing commemorative legislation - such as "National Pizza and Pasta Day" - which costs taxpayers about $300,000 a year to handle.

"This is just the beginning," Waldholtz said. "We are going to keep our word and reform this Congress."


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Enid's new, but she's not `Greene'

WASHINGTON - Rep.-elect Enid Waldholtz, R-Utah, may be new, but she isn't "Greene" anymore. She has decided to be known simply as "Enid Waldholtz" now, instead of "Enid Greene Waldholtz." "She thinks that Enid Greene Waldholtz is a mouthful," said her spokesman, Michael Levy.

She used all three names during her campaign this year so that people would know she was the same person as the Enid Greene who ran against Rep. Karen Shepherd, D-Utah, in 1992 but later married Joe Waldholtz.

"In the beginning, they thought people would know who Enid Greene was, but not Enid Waldholtz," Levy said. "The name Enid Greene Waldholtz was a bridge between the two. We feel people now know who Enid Waldholtz is."

And Levy said the more cumbersome three-word name had been tripping up several people. The latest was House Rules Committee Chairman Gerald B.H. Solomon, R-N.Y., who in a news conference introducing new members of his panel this week referred to her as Enid Waldholtz, then Enid Greene, then Enid Greene Waldholtz.