After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress did what it could have done weeks ago: voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.
Former Senator John Sununu, a New Hampshire Republican, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that he expects House Republicans will pass legislation this year offering undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. legal status to remain in the country. Former Obama White House adviser David Plouffe, speaking on the same program, disagreed with Sununu over whether the legislation should grant undocumented immigrants status short of citizenship.
Labor leaders failed to win legislation making it easier to organize a union after Democratic allies triumphed in the 2008 elections. Next year’s voting may spawn instead a law letting workers opt out of unions.