Bob's Blog: A Battle-Weary Congress Looks Ahead to 2014

(CBS News) -- As Americans on the east coast faced a week of grim weather and snowy streets, there are signs that an immigration deal could be possible in the new year. House Speaker John Boehner has hired the former immigration adviser to Sen. John McCain, and activists are hopeful the move indicates the speaker's willingness to pass a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration system. We'll talk with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about the prospect of a deal -- and what he hopes the Democrats can achieve in 2014.

The outlook looks less bright for a compromise on unemployment assistance. We'll ask Sen. Reid about the Democrats' strategy to combat the House Republicans' unflinching opposition to an extension of federal jobless benefits. We'll also hear from Republican Congressmen Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., and Peter King, R-N.Y.  Federal assistance to the long-term unemployed expired at the end of December, and the House GOP conference has led the charge against their renewal. 

In addition, we will look ahead as yet another debt-ceiling deadline approaches this February. Will Americans see a repeat of the near-default Congress averted in October? Our roundtable will have analysis of all that, and more. Joining us this Sunday are Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal, David Sanger of The New York Times, David Ignatius of The Washington Post, and our CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.


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