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Congress Returns

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Congress Returns

Congress Returns

Congress Returns

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Guests:

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?