From immigration to trade, inaction in Congress


WASHINGTON (AP) — Evidence is mounting that lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014 — at least until the results of the fall elections are known.

On immigration legislation, inaction is the likeliest outcome.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made it clear he doesn't intend to seek passage of another one of President Barack Obama's priorities — a bill to facilitate passage of trade deals with Europe and Asia.

An overhaul of tax laws seems further off than it did a year ago.

Deficit reduction, the driving force of the tea party-heavy House majority, now occupies a back seat.

Nor do Republicans appear likely to compromise any time soon on an increase in the minimum wage or other items on Obama's agenda.

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