A new partnership is evolving between Washington and the car companies.
The new party chair has been mired in internal feuds, but expectations for next elections are building.
The business community says the bill, which makes it easier for workers to unionize, would be a job killer.
On Tuesday, Congress passed the spending bill to keep the government running - 160 days late, and not without some unusual friction between House and Senate leaders.
Lawmakers agree that big financial institutions are in trouble. But they want more help for their constituents.