Demand for aid is rising but federal funds are limited.
Party leaders are likely to find congressional freshmen more independent than usual.
Some long-time committee heads are replaced in order to advance Obama’s agenda.
But they fall short of the 60 Senate seats needed to overcome filibusters and end gridlock.
Many economists agree another stimulus package is necessary. Some are skeptical about its benefits.
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McCain has the experience, but Obama may be more open to Pentagon advice.
Republicans hope to head off a filibuster-proof Senate controlled by Democrats.