Congress To Resume, But How Much Will Get Done?
All members of Congress are back to work on September 9.
While the conflict in Syria will top the agenda, there are plenty of other issues for lawmakers to tackle.
However, there's little optimism they will be able to settle their differences.
There's a threat of a government shutdown because the White House and Congress can't agree on the debt limit, there is outstanding legislation on immigration, and there is no federal budget in place.
North country Congressman Bill Owens says there needs to be a change in attitude in order to get these measures passed.
"People really have to pull back from, if you will, kind of the negative approach -- the idea that they're going to de-fund Obamacare, they're going to use that to hold the government operations hostage."
"Those are negative ideas," he said. "People need to come forward with positive ways to solve these problems."
Owens says he has joined with two congressional groups to find common ground on major bills, but so far they haven't been able to sway a majority.
Saturday, December 20, 2014, Watertown, NY
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