New Year at White House begins at meeting with new lawmakers
At the White House today, President Bush kicks off the new year by pitching his new term's agenda to new lawmakers. The president is meeting with nine senators and 41 representatives who've been elected to the 109th Congress. The White House says the theme will be "coming together." However, so far there's been little coming together on key planks of Bush's second-term agenda. Bush wants to partially privatize Social Security by creating 401-K-style retirement accounts, and cap jury awards in malpractice and other civil damage cases. Critics say the Social Security plan could destroy a successful program, and the lawsuit limits favor insurance companies over patients and others who've been hurt. Bush has just a few weeks to prepare for his inaugural, State of the Union speech and new year's budget.