With few important deadlines looming, the focus in the nation’s capital is clearly shifting to the campaign trail. YNN's Washington, D.C. reporter Erin Billups has more on the agenda set by House Republicans, starting this week with their effort to repeal the president’s health care law.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the President Monday once again called on Congress to repeal tax cuts for those making $250,000 or more annually, Democrats in contentious races like Upstate New York's Kathy Hochul, distanced herself from the administration calling, instead, for higher taxes for those making over $500,000.
Hochul said, "People know I don't agree with the President on every issue, but I do agree with him that we do need to give some certainty to the members of the middle class."
With a struggling economy, the stakes are high this election year and members of Congress are fine tuning their message to voters.
The Republican-led House plans to vote on keeping the Bush tax cuts in place in the coming weeks, part of a month-long agenda aimed at highlighting where they say Democrats have gone wrong.
"We want to make sure the American people understand what we're working on in the House and what the Senate is not doing," Representative Renee Ellmers said.
This week, the House is focusing on repealing the administration's health care laws that were upheld by the Supreme Court.
"This is nothing short of economic malpractice. We can and we must do better," Representative Nan Hayworth said.
The House held two hearings Tuesday, previewing Wednesday's vote to repeal the health care laws. Republicans have voted over 30 times to overturn them. Democrats say enough is enough.
Hochul said, "The Supreme Court has spoken. It's the law of the land. Let's not waste anymore time."
It's clear the agenda set by the House will be ignored by the Democratic-run Senate.
On the floor Tuesday, veteran Congressman Charles Rangel condemned the GOP’s election year program.
Rangel said, "It's bad for this Congress and it's bad for our great country."
Next week, the House plans to highlight the Democrats' lack of a plan to deal with the massive cuts to military spending. And in the following weeks, they will focus on burdensome regulations for businesses and maintaining the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.