Some of the Democratic-led 111th Congress’ accomplishments in the six months since Democratic President Barack Obama took office:
Passed a $787 billion stimulus package of tax cuts, benefit increases and new spending on road, bridge and other job-producing projects aimed at helping pull the country out of a recession.
Expanded health care subsidies for children of low-income parents to cover an additional 4 million children. Former President George W. Bush had vetoed similar legislation.
Imposed government regulations on the content, marketing and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Passed a $1 billion program providing rebates of up to $4,500 for old gas guzzling cars and trucks traded it on new, more fuel-efficient models. The program proved so popular that Congress added $2 billion to extend the rebate offer to Labor Day.
Bills allocating where government money will be spent in the 2010 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The House completed all 12 of its appropriations bills; the Senate finished four. Once passed, the House and Senate versions of each bill have to be merged into a compromise that has to be passed again.
Health care overhaul. Neither the House nor Senate were able to meet Obama’s target of early August for completing separate versions. Three House committees have approved versions, as has one Senate committee. A still unfinished measure is being negotiated in the Senate Finance Committee.
Climate change. The House in June passed a bill that for the first time would set limits on greenhouse gases, mainly from power plants and transportation vehicles, blamed for global warming. Some Senate committees have yet to begin drafting a bill, and its fate is uncertain.