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Full plate awaits Congress, but election-year concerns likely to stymie progress

Congress returns today to start a year likely to be marked by potentially monumental shifts atop some key Senate committees and a pair of early budget fights that could signal whether the era of crisis-driven, eleventh-hour deals is truly on its way out. There also will be the usual attention to a sweeping climate and energy agenda driven by President Obama and his administration -- with election-year considerations always prominent.

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