|Reps. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.), both in danger of losing their seats in 2006, are hoping to prop up their reelection prospects from their new perch on the highway-bill conference committee.|
Simmons was one of 38 House Republicans named by Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Barrow one of 25 House Democrats tapped by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) late last month to serve on the committee. Both represent swing districts in states that consistently back the other party’s presidential nominees. And both won seats on the conference committee that could have gone to more senior members in safer districts.