WASHINGTON -- Rep. John R. Kasich, R-Ohio, the incoming House Budget Committee Chairman, is an "aggressive" lawmaker dedicated to cutting the federal budget deficit, according to Washington insiders who have long followed the budget process.

"Kasich is a player who had very strong views in the last Congress, and who laid out concrete proposals for bringing down the deficit," said Gary D. Bass, executive director of OMB Watch, an advocacy research group for a wide variety of interest groups including labor unions, religious groups, and disabled persons.

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