Election 2002: Bush's Agenda

With Republicans in control of the House and Senate, the party will revive pet issues, from judicial choices to a patient's bill of rights to drilling for oil in Alaska.


The G.O.P. will propose an energy bill that includes drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, long opposed by enviros. Also likely is revival of a proposal to increase logging in some areas to reduce the threat of wildfires; opponents call it a giveaway to the timber industry. Incoming Environment Committee chairman James Inhofe of Oklahoma is pro-industry. It's a dark time for the greens.


Republicans want to make permanent last year's $1.35 trillion tax cuts, which are scheduled to expire in 2010. In the Senate, some members will push to cut capital-gains taxes, eliminate the estate...

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