But when the 109th U.S. Congress convenes tomorrow, Bush will need all his powers of persuasion and his party's backing to push through a second-term agenda that includes major tax reforms, big changes to social security, and controversial judicial nominations.
Tune in to hear about the challenges the new Bush administration will face in pushing its agenda through the Republican-controlled 109th Congress.
Gail Chaddock, covers Congress for The Christian Science Monitor
Ross Baker, political scientist at Rutgers University, author of "House and Senate"
Senator Sam Brownback (R) Kansas
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst, senior editor for The Atlantic Monthly.
This program aired on January 3, 2005.