Gavel crosses the aisle for the 112th Congress – what’s in store?

Dec 28, 2010

Congress wrapped up its so-called lame-duck session last week with an unexpected string of victories for President Obama and Democrats, including the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the nuclear-arms reduction agreement, a health bill for 9/11 responders, a food safety bill, middle-class tax cuts and the extension of jobless benefits. But legislators taking a holiday break won’t have long to rest before they’re back at their desks in Washington on January 3rd, with a new Republican majority in the House and a slimmer than before Democratic majority in the Senate. And what’s on the table? Try this… the omnibus spending bill (failed in the lame-duck voting but will be back on the floor before the freshman congressmen and women find their offices), tax overhaul, education, immigration, redistricting, increased investigations of all-things Obama, and funding of the various parts of the health care bill. How will all this shake out? We find out from our California representatives, starting with Congressman Henry Waxman, former chair of the House Government Reform and Energy and Commerce Committees.

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