The Business Congress Left Behind

The Business Congress Left Behind

Lawmakers have begun a five-week summer recess. A panel joins Diane to discuss what the 112th Congress has accomplished and what it left unfinished before going home to campaign for reelection.

Lawmakers have gone home for a five-week break, leaving a lengthy list of uncompleted work. Among the measures left behind are drought relief, postal reform, cybersecurity and a plan to deal with the Bush-era tax and mandatory spending cuts. Public approval ratings for Congress remain below twenty percent. Members campaigning for re-election are facing tough questions about their ability to find common ground on the big problems facing the nation. A panel joins Diane to discuss what the 112th Congress has, and has not, accomplished, and how that could affect the election in November


Thomas Mann

senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of "It's Even Worse Than It Looks."

Brian Baker

president of Ending Spending.

John Farrell

congressional correspondent for National Journal and author of "Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned" (2011).

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