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Mitt Romney's Congressional Allies Gear Up for First 100 Days

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"If you look at the challenges that we're going to face legislatively, having the chairman of the Ways and Means committee who is committed to making things roll is a good thing," he said.

Romney also will need to reach out to lawmakers who can help him on his right flank and with tea party-inspired Members. Romney has had cultivated a relationship with Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and he has reached out to Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), giving him a speaking slot this week at the Republican National Convention. They are two of the conservatives he will need to keep on the reservation with a Senate certain to be closely divided.

And in the House, Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) could end up chairing either the Financial Services Committee or the Budget Committee and has credibility among the party's conservatives as well, GOP strategists said.

Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) said Ryan's personal ties will also prove critical.

"If you look at Paul's friends, Paul believes in committee chairmen, he believes in regular order," he said.

Ryan has a close relationship with Camp, having served on the Ways and Means Committee with him.

And Sessions said that Romney's pick of Ryan is a sign that he will look to the House as an incubator of ideas and solutions.

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