Democrats in Congress

Have they made a difference since their takeover?


The Democrats are holding the Bush administration's feet to the fire on a number of controversial issues — the questionable firing of nine U.S. attorneys, the poor treatment of veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and, of course, the problematic war in Iraq. But have they passed major legislation since capturing both houses of Congress last November? In the House, Democrats have passed their agenda easily, peeling off many GOP votes on such hot issues as a minimum-wage increase and stem-cell research. But favorable action in the Senate will be more difficult, and besides, President Bush opposes many Democratic bills. He's already registered opposition to their ideas for expanding health coverage for children. So what is Congress likely to accomplish? New immigration and education ...

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