January 4, 2009 6:00 AM

Economy tops Washington lawmakers' priorities for new Congress

Since he was first elected to Congress 12 years ago, Rep. Adam Smith has fashioned himself as a deficit hawk. Times have changed. Democrat Smith, and other members of Washington state's congressional delegation, face the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. When Congress returns for its new session Tuesday, (Jan. 6) it will be under enormous pressure to pass a massive stimulus package.

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