Congress set to pack it in for the year…in February?

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Manu Raju writes that “Come January, … taxes [may] rise substantially. Jobless benefits could expire. And defense programs will be on the chopping block … So what are the chances Congress will deal with these issues … between now and November? ‘Zero,’ Sen. Lindsey Graham said. … It’s only February, but it looks like Congress is ready to pretty much pack it in for the year. Or at least until the November elections, when a lame-duck Congress [will meet] … ’60 Minutes’ is exploring a piece on the Senate’s dysfunction. … Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin was asked what else Congress can do this year. He had two words: ‘postal reform.'”

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