Red-ink forecast could make it a lot harder to craft an economic stimulus package.
The would-be senator from Illinois, named by a tainted governor, vows to fight on.
There’s impetus to move quickly on the economy though some seats are empty.
He has criticized Bush’s attempts to trump Congress, especially on war issues.
His pick, former Illinois attorney general Burris, is well-regarded but lost his last four campaigns.
But many exiting lawmakers also bring years of experience to the Obama administration.
Congress's rescue of financial institutions may prove the exception, as automakers learned last week.
In the Senate, many Republicans resist $14 billion package, worried that the industry won't repay US loans or become more competitive.
The $15 billion draft bailout comes with strict conditions and immense federal oversight.