- The Washington Times - Friday, November 8, 2002

Yesterday, President Bush made clear that he expects Congress to actually work when it returns for a lame-duck session. "The single most important item of unfinished business on Capitol Hill is to create a unified Department of Homeland Security," the president said. That line set off a thousand groans on Capitol Hill, where members and staffers had hoped to push off any heavy legislative lifting until next year and cut out of town. Airline tickets and hotel suites, after all, have already been bought.

Indeed, we hear that in a Wednesday morning meeting, Senate leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott agreed to do just that. The special session of Congress would last no more than five days, they agreed, with the focus on merely funding the federal government through early next year.

It's nice that Messrs. Lott and Daschle can now work together; it would be better if Messrs. Lott and Bush could do the same. And the operative word, by the way, is work.

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