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Insiders Split Over Legislative Expectations

June 7, 2012

For Democrats the top two responses were student loans and the farm bill, which each got 30 percent of the vote.

"Enough tea partiers represent rural districts, they will set aside their strident philosophies to become exactly what they claim to hate -- self-serving politicians," one Democrat said about the farm bill.

As for why Postal reform could happen, another Democrat said, "It's suicidal for the GOP to let interest rates double on July 1."

Many Republicans agree that student loans has the best chance of passage, with 36 percent of respondents saying so.

"The Republicans have shown a real willingness to work with the Democrats on this bill," said one Republican. "The Democrats will take the heat in the fall if there is a failure. They will fold."

The Violence Against Women Act clocked in at second most likely with 27 percent of Republican votes.

"In Washington this year, nothing is easy to do; but this one should happen," said one Republican.

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