Congressional Outlook

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The U.S. Capitol Building.

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Congressional Outlook

Congress has months before the midterms but expectations for legislative action are low. Congressional deadlock and potential consequences of the partisan divide.

The U.S. Senate is back in session today. The House returns tomorrow. But with Congress so divided, expectations are low that lawmakers will accomplish anything of significance before midterm elections. Immigration reform has been declared all but dead. Even providing critical funding for the nation's highways and bridges has become controversial. And if recent years offer any indication of how quickly Congress can agree on a budget, there could be cause for concern. Some political analysts are already expressing worries about another government shutdown. Diane and guests discuss the 113th Congress.


Norman Ornstein

resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; co-author of "It's Even Worse Than It Looks."

Donna Brazile

Democratic strategist; adjunct professor at Georgetown University; nationally syndicated columnist.

Tom Davis

former U.S. Congressman representing Virginia's 11th district (1995-2008) and chairman of the Republicans’ congressional campaign committee from 1998-2002.

Charlie Cook

columnist for National Journal, and editor and publisher of "The Cook Political Report."

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