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Guarded Optimism on Political Front

January 25, 2005

With Republicans gaining four seats last November to now hold 55 U.S. Senate seats and increasing its strength by four seats as well in the House of Representatives, the pro-business agenda in Washington looks better in 2005 than for a long time, according to a range of speakers at the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors annual meeting in late January.

But don't count on smooth sailing. "The Senate was stalled out in 2004," said Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who defeated Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle last November. "Our hope is that this year we are closer to breaking a filibuster (60 votes) than in the past."

Thune ticked off the major agenda items for the year from his perspective:

  • Tort reform: litigation, class action and ...

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