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Election-year politics shape congressional agenda

Congress must deal with significant unfinished business before delving into political votes and campaigning breaks.
Congress must deal with significant unfinished business before delving into political votes and campaigning breaks.Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

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WASHINGTON — Congress returns to work Monday with election-year politics certain to shape an already limited agenda.

Republicans intend to focus on every facet of President Barack Obama’s health care law. They see a political boost in its problem-plagued rollout as the GOP looks to maintain its House majority and seize control of the Democratic-led Senate.

First up in the House, according to Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., is legislation addressing the security of personal data, part of his party’s effort ‘‘to protect the American people from the harmful effects of Obamacare.’’

Democrats will press to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour and extend unemployment benefits, trying to cast the party as more concerned with the less fortunate and intent on dealing with income inequality.

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