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With Lots Left To Do, Gridlock Persists In Congress

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As the summer months roll on Congress has a lot on its plate—yet gridlock persists at the Capitol.

Capitol Hill watchers were shocked to see the House version of the Farm Bill fail in the House last week. Its defeat raises questions about what this divided Congress can accomplish—and there's a lot of pressing issues remaining before lawmakers leave for their August recess.

Besides the Farm Bill, lawmakers have deadlines looming on sequestration and the debt ceiling, yet the two parties aren't even meeting to hammer out those issues.

The Senate continues to move forward in rare bipartisan fashion on immigration reform. Yet even there the legislation faces an uphill battle because House leaders are moving forward with individual bills and many say they won't ever support a comprehensive bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers.

Even with all they have to accomplish, lawmakers are still planning to head off next week for a July 4th break.


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