Congress

July 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Polarized Congress relying mostly on short-term fixes

Call it government by lurching. Much of what Congress does now is temporary fixes. Lower student loan rates, but only for a year. Massive tax cuts that expire in December. Transportation funding, but only for two years. Not to mention a federal budget that probably won’t be completed the way it should, or the wrenching decision to raise the nation’s debt limit, likely to be repeated again early next year.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee 02:32

Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee

Sen. Edward Markey decries U.S. opioid ‘crisis’ in hearing for new FDA chief 02:38

Sen. Edward Markey decries U.S. opioid ‘crisis’ in hearing for new FDA chief

What's the big deal with Kevin McCarthy? 01:53

What's the big deal with Kevin McCarthy?

British royal family, Obamas trash talk ahead of Invictus Games 00:40

British royal family, Obamas trash talk ahead of Invictus Games

Actress Allison Janney surprises reporters at White House press briefing 02:49

Actress Allison Janney surprises reporters at White House press briefing

Bald eagle parents feed a cat to their babies 01:41

Bald eagle parents feed a cat to their babies

John Boehner calls Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh’ 00:45

John Boehner calls Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh’

Funniest presidents of the last 25 White House Correspondents' Dinners 02:24

Funniest presidents of the last 25 White House Correspondents' Dinners

Gov. Nikki Haley: Keep Gitmo detainees out of South Carolina 07:48

Gov. Nikki Haley: Keep Gitmo detainees out of South Carolina

Team USA counts down to Summer Olympics in Rio 01:40

Team USA counts down to Summer Olympics in Rio

Harnessing the power of water to turn it into electricity 03:51

Harnessing the power of water to turn it into electricity

Ted Cruz announces that Carly Fiorina as running mate 02:31

Ted Cruz announces that Carly Fiorina as running mate

Share Video

Politics & Government Videos