To overcome scary electoral math, the GOP must recast its principles.
Lawmakers have proved reluctant to touch the topic because it can burn them in primary season.
The House and Senate both approved budget resolutions of about $3.5 trillion, backing key Obama priorities such as green energy and healthcare reform.
Hillary Clinton arrives Wednesday with a new border security plan that signals greater cooperation between the two countries.
Even Democrats signal adjustments are likely, given rising projections for budgetary red ink.
They'll consider six ballot measures that address budget reform and a new $8 billion shortfall.
Mexico's drug wars are spilling over into the US, forcing Obama's administration to refocus attention on the border.
Calls grow for him to resign as a perjury probe proceeds.
Requirement for two-thirds vote approval gives minority unusual power. The public is weighing in too.