Did This Congress Help Your Wallet Or Just Pass the Buck?

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Over the past week, lawmakers’ have scrambled to finish the fiscal 2015 budget. Now the 113th Congress is headed out, but before then, economists are looking back at what Congress accomplished for the U.S. economy during its two-year session.

Many say lawmakers did not do much to help your wallet, but the 113th Congress is not without some achievements, such as cutting spending enough to make meaningful progress on the budget deficit and passing a farm bill.

But did they pass the buck on to the 114th Congress? Tax reform, immigration, trade promotion and infrastructure rebuilding await them in the new year.

NPR's Marilyn Geewax joins Here & Now's Lisa Mullins to explore this question.


This segment aired on December 15, 2014.


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