Rep. Steny Hoyer
Congress returns to work Monday with election-year politics certain to shape an already limited agenda.
The No. 2 House Democrat says a key factor extending the government shutdown is fear among moderate Republicans about a tea party challenge.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says Congress must “put aside ideological constraints” and resolve differences over taxes, budget and spending.
Now that the politically potent National Rifle Association is keeping score, some Democrats may join House Republicans if there’s a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a dispute over documents related to a botched gun-tracking operation.