The 108th Congressional Session Wraps Up

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For the second time in a week, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been slapped by the Ethics Committee. This, as Congress prepares to go home, without taking action on overtime pay, prescription drug importation or the 9/11 Commission. Republican leaders are under fire for holding sessions just two days a week, while the committee that makes the rules meets after midnight--in secret. Is it business as usual, or has partisanship risen to new heights? On the Senate side, do the Democrats have a chance to regain the majority? Is Congress winding down--in more ways than one? Warren Olney gets several perspectives from journalists and political analysts who cover the Capitol, as well as advocates for victims of September 11.
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Warren Olney