The swift Republican election of a new U.S. House leadership team won’t heal the party’s divisions though lawmakers say it does provide insulation from a challenge to Speaker John Boehner after the midterm election.
With polls showing approval of Congress at an historic low, lawmakers returned to Washington today to start the legislative year and resume the very battles that opinion surveys show have turned off voters.
Republicans are in a strong position to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year as political analysts predict that Democrats will fall more than a dozen seats short of a majority in the Nov. 6 election.
The 111th Congress returned to Washington this week with a record of legislative achievement that rivals President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” Voters may show their thanks by throwing lawmakers out of office.
After a barrage of advertising as both parties sought control of Congress’s two chambers, today’s election is likely to confirm the status quo: the Republicans keep the House and Democrats narrowly control the Senate.
Congress is ending what may be its least productive year on record after government shutdown threats, the collapse of debt-reduction talks and little action to fix the worst U.S. economy since the Great Depression.