Congress Skips Several Tough Bills

Highlights of what Congress has done — and has not done — this year.



— $145.9 billion in 10-year tax cuts, including extension of the $1,000 child tax credit, 10 percent income tax bracket, breaks for married couples.

— $136 billion, 10-year corporate tax cut (search) measure.

— $14.5 billion in emergency aid for victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters and for farmers hit by drought, freezes and other emergencies.

— Initial request by President Bush for $2 billion in hurricane aid.

— $417.5 billion defense bill for the 2005 budget year, which began Oct. 1, including an initial $25 billion for military operations in Iraq (search) and Afghanistan (search).

— Bill making it double crime to injure or kill a pregnant woman and her fetus.

Still working on overhaul of intelligence agencies.

Refused to extend expired assault weapons ban.

Failed to:

— Produce a budget for the new fiscal year.

— Extend federal borrowing authority, which is about to hit its $7.4 trillion ceiling. Congress plans to deal with that during a lame-duck session after the November elections.

— Enact nine of the 13 annual spending bills for the new year. Leaders hope to complete them during the lame-duck session.

— Enact highway, welfare, energy, asbestos, medical liability (search), prescription drug reimportation bills; a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage; or a bill limiting class action lawsuits (search).