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Topic - Sarah A. Binder
House Speaker John A. Boehner's lofty pledges to break with precedent and run Congress in a more inclusive, transparent manner ended up a mixed bag over the past two years, as he fulfilled many of his vows, but had others fall to political pressure or circumstances.
Congressional moderates are down in numbers after Tuesday's elections, but they're not quite out, despite the highly charged partisanship that has engulfed Capitol Hill in recent years.
Bitterly divided Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill aren't making much progress publicly on a legislative deal that would extend the national payroll-tax holiday, continue unemployment benefits to the long-term jobless and grant full payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.
Ms. Binder, however, also described that first piece of legislation as an "aberration" and that other measures of the 112th Congress — such as the deal in the summer of 2011 to raise the federal debt ceiling — did not receive the kind of freewheeling debate of decades ago.
"H.R. 1 was really quite remarkable," said Sarah A. Binder, a specialist on Congress and legislative politics at the Brookings Institution. "They did let the process open up. It's rare that parties have that leisure, and it's rare they want to give up that kind of control."