Don't Expect '14 Congress to do much
Washington--During this year of standoff and stagnancy, one of the few things Congress managed to do was shut down the federal government. When that's your crowning achievement, it's hard to find much to brag about. "At least we're not actually making things worse," said Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio).
After starting the year with an ambitious agenda that included everything from tax reform to immigration reform to an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education law, little has been done. And there are about two weeks left before Congress adjourns for the year. The House plans to recess after this week; the Senate returned Monday after a recess but will quit for the year around Dec. 20.