October 13, 2004

HSAs ALONE MAKE IT HISTORIC:


GOP-Led 108th Congress Ends With Mixed Results
: Partisan politics prevent lawmakers from passing a number of measures, but some major bills do make it through the chambers. (Richard Simon, October 13, 2004, LA Times)

[T]he 108th Congress, which took office at the beginning of 2003, did pass a number of major laws. Foremost among them was one granting a prescription drug benefit to Medicare recipients.

There was a $350-billion tax cut that included reductions in income tax rates; tax relief for married couples and families with children; and cuts in dividends and capital gains taxes.

Congress enacted Bush's plan for thinning forests to reduce wildfire risks and a measure that makes it a separate crime to harm a fetus during the commission of a violent federal crime against a pregnant woman. Finally, Congress adopted a prohibition against a late-term abortion procedure.

Most of these bills were passed last year, and three federal courts have branded the abortion prohibition as unconstitutional. This year, Congress' biggest achievement was extending Bush's most popular middle-class tax cuts.

On the highest-profile issue of the year, the House and Senate have passed different versions of legislation to overhaul the nation's intelligence services. Congress hopes negotiators from the two chambers can forge a compromise so that the full House and Senate can come back to approve, and Bush can sign, a bill before the Nov. 2 elections.


No Congress has achieved as much since the 107th--taken together they're as consequential as any Congress we've had since the New Deal.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2004 1:44 PM
Comments

But just last week, some big Democrat said that this was the laziest, do-nothing Congress in decades.

Posted by: ray at October 13, 2004 7:42 PM
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