Democratic Homework

Democratic Homework

Washington may be focusing on the war, but Democrats are planning a campaign on social issues. Their prospects:

Civil Rights. Calling it a "quota bill," Bush vetoed last year's legislation, a broad anti-discrimination act. This year the Democrats plan to avoid racial overtones by recasting the measure to focus on the rights of working women. Debate will be fierce, but passage is near certain.

Family Leave. Another veto victim in '90. Bush supports the concept of unpaid leave for employees but feels the government should not compel businesses to provide it. Passage, which is likely, may force the President's hand again.

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