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What a difference 48 years makes. Whereas Congress had nearly all of its legislative work complete and was prepared to adjourn for the year in July 1956, the situation is far, far different these days. While there’s talk of passing an omnibus spending by the end of July, recent history suggests that lawmakers will likely be working into October and possibly even after the November elections. Another change: You don’t see many front-page bylines for Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), the current Majority Leader. But in those days, Congressional leaders were regular contributors to Roll Call.

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