What the 108th Congress Did

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 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 and Afghanistan.

—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, prescription drug reimportation bills; a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage; or a bill limiting class action lawsuits.