Could Idaho's Crapo be a dealmaker on the Senate Banking Committee?

Maybe, according to a profile at POLITICO.com, the online Beltway insiders' news site.

Idaho's senior senator could play a key role in seeking bipartisan consensus on housing and financial regulation, says POLITICO's Patrick Reis.

An excerpt from Reis' profile:

"(Crapo) said he believes the panel is on the verge of a more cooperative era and that there is more to agree on than meets the eye.

“'We will try to build common consensus-based solutions between the members of the committee,' he told POLITICO.

"Crapo said he won’t shy away from working with Democrats on the politically thorny issue of how to overhaul mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were taken over by the government in 2008 at great expense to taxpayers."

Crapo is expected to be named ranking Republican on the committee, says Reis. Current ranking Republican Richard Shelby is expected to move to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Cutting a deal would require Crapo to work with committee Chairman Tim Johnston, D-S.D. — who, says Reis, is "a fellow rural-state legislator with a similarly soft-spoken style and history of bipartisan cooperation."

Here's a link to the full profile.

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