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Congress Passes Key Bills, Adjourns for Summer

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Congress Passes Key Bills, Adjourns for Summer

Politics

Congress Passes Key Bills, Adjourns for Summer

Congress Passes Key Bills, Adjourns for Summer

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Congress has finally recessed for the summer, but it took an extraordinary amount of time and effort for that to happen.

The House of Representatives worked until the wee hours of Sunday morning before beginning the August recess; the issues the members faced were tough, and partisanship didn't help.

In the end, President Bush got his way on wiretapping, but the Democratic majorities pushed through their bills on energy, ethics and health insurance for children of the working poor.

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