Congress Returns


Ron Elving
* NPR Senior Washington Editor

Rep. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
* Member of the Education Committee

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
* Minority Whip

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
* Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee

Congress is back to work this week after a month-long break. And they return to a much smaller surplus. Democrats blame the President Bush tax cut. The President contends a small surplus will keep Congress fiscally responsible. But others worry that budget items, like education, will suffer. What's the strategy for Congress now that the surplus is smaller?



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.