Watching Government: Orderly chaos

The 108th US Congress is in place with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate. But serious legislative work may not start until next month. That's largely because senators are fighting with each other over how their chamber will be reorganized now that Republicans are in the majority.Lawmakers must resolve partisan disputes over who sits on what committee and how much money each side gets for committee staff and investigations. Until senators sort out these basic questions, other legislation won't move forward. The House, meanwhile, adjourned until 2 pm Jan. 27, making it unlikely Congress will pass overdue fiscal 2003 spending bills in January. House Appropriations Cha...

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