Year In Congress Host Bob Edwards talks to NPR's David Welna about the highly unusual year in Congress. Senate control passed to the Democrats, when James Jeffords of Vermont left the Republican Party. A huge projected budget surplus disappeared with President Bush's tax cut, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the war in Afghanistan. The House and a Senate office building closed because of anthrax contamination. And bi-partisan harmony vanished toward the end of the session with fighting over the budget and President Bush's anti-terrorist bill.
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Host Bob Edwards talks to NPR's David Welna about the highly unusual year in Congress. Senate control passed to the Democrats, when James Jeffords of Vermont left the Republican Party. A huge projected budget surplus disappeared with President Bush's tax cut, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the war in Afghanistan. The House and a Senate office building closed because of anthrax contamination. And bi-partisan harmony vanished toward the end of the session with fighting over the budget and President Bush's anti-terrorist bill.