109th Congress Gets Underway

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As the new Congress gathers in Washington D.C., aid to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and air travel are two unexpected issues. The deficit, the war in Iraq, confirmation hearings, social security, tax and tort reform: We consider the agenda and outlook of the 109th Congress.


David Broder, political reporter and columnist with the Washington Post

Sen Charles Grassley, Republican senator from Iowa. Chairman of the Finance committee.

Rep. Barney Fank, Democratic representative from Massachusetts

Sen. Judd Gregg, Republican senator of New Hampshire. Chairman of Budget committee.

Rep. Jim Demint, freshman Republican senator from South Carolina



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