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On Sept. 27, more than 300 Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives will meet on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to make a Contract With America. Our own Republican candidate for the 3rd District House seat, Dixie Thompson, will be there.

You'll hear more about the Contract With America in the coming weeks, but it basically boils down to this: If we give the Republican Party a majority in the House for the first time in 42 years, the Republican leadership promises to introduce 10 more bills on Jan. 3, 1995, the first day of the next session. And they promise to bring these bills to a vote within the first 100 days of the Congress.The Republican majority will require votes on term limits, a balanced budget amendment, making Congress subject to federal laws, major tax and spending cuts, tort law reform (to reduce litigation), a stronger death penalty, eliminating the marriage penalty in the tax code and many other needed reforms.

Everyone is predicting major Republican gains in the November election. We should all be optimistic about the new Congress slowing down the implementation of Clinton's liberal agenda. But the only way we'll see a real difference is to send 218 Republican representatives to Washington and to replace the liberal Democratic leadership with conservative Republicans.

Bill Orton empowers the liberal Democratic leadership. He gives them a greater majority in the House. He comes from the most conservative district in the country (80 percent of us voted for Ronald Reagan), and yet he votes with the liberal Democratic leadership most of the time.

Many people believe that our best hope for restoring the constitutional principle that the federal government should be a government of limited powers (and have a limited budget), is to change the makeup of Congress.

Paul Allen