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Issues to Look for in 2014

(Tue, Jan 07, 14)

The battle for control of the Senate, ObamaCare implementation, and a desperate push for immigration reform will likely dominate the political world in 2014. Other issues that will grab headlines include the intensifying debate on the National Security Agency’s powers and heated Republican primaries — which will test the Tea Party.

Here are a few issues that will likely surface in 2014:

Immigration reform, the farm bill, and an unemployment benefits measure will be front and center early next year. The farm bill has a decent chance of passing while the other two appear to have a less likely chance of making it to President Obama’s desk.

The parties are already bickering over the debt-limit fight, with Obama and congressional Democrats saying they won’t negotiate on it. Speaker of the House John Boehner R-OH), however, is unlikely to pass a “clean” debt increase.

The rollout of the ObamaCare program was officially declared a fiasco. The big question is:  Will young people enroll? If not, healthcare premiums will increase. The House still has the repeal of ObamaCare high on their political agenda.

Once the 2014 election is over, many Democrats and Republicans will be announcing their 2016 plans. Hilary Clinton is expected to run, and is expected to be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2016 Democratic nomination. The Republican field will be crowded, and could include a handful of senators, including Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rob Portman (Ohio), John Thune (S.D.), and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.).

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