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Harry Reid

Lawmakers' to-do list

The 114th Congress, which began its work on Tuesday, ushers in an era of conservative legislative leadership. Victories in several Senate races last fall handed control of that chamber to Republicans, who tightened their grip on the House as well. For the most part, those campaigns were long on strong opposition to President Barack Obama and the stewardship of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but short on policy solutions to the nation's problems. That leaves many Americans, ourselves included, not knowing what to expect now that the GOP leads the legislative branch. But we want to outline our expectations for this Congress and highlight some areas where the new leadership...