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Issue: "Signs and wonders," Jan. 26, 2008

The treaty requires 67 votes in the Senate for ratification, a high enough hurdle that opposition from a bloc of conservative senators kept Democrats from bringing LOST to the Senate floor for a vote late last year. Whether the Law of the Sea becomes the law of the land may depend on how many of those senators are still in office-and which presidential candidate is celebrating-after the November elections.

2008 congressional preview

By Kristin Chapman

Capitol Hill lawmakers reconvene this month with a full slate ahead of the election campaign season. Highlights to watch for:

Education: No Child Left Behind is up for reauthorization, although action may be pushed to next year.

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): Debate over electronic surveillance will likely dominate an attempt to overhaul the bill.

Mortgage reform: Congress will consider three major pieces of legislation-lending reform, a drive to let judges modify mortgages in bankruptcy proceedings, and modernization of the Federal Housing Administration.

Economic stimulus: While Democrats focus on "targeted and temporary" relief for poor and middle-class families to ward off a recession, Republicans are urging an extension of past tax cuts that are set to expire in 2010.

AIDS: President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief will come up for reauthorization.

Iraq: Congress is expected to modify the Defense Authorization Bill that President Bush vetoed.

Climate change: Senate Democrats may bring the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, which would attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions, to a vote in the first half of the year.

Timothy Lamer
Timothy Lamer

Tim is managing editor of WORLD magazine.

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