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How the Hill Gets Started

The time Congress has spent in session has steadily declined, even in non-election years, and 2015 did little to reverse the trend even with Republicans in power in both chambers. The return to joint control of the House and Senate by the GOP led to an uptick in the number of bills sent to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature — or, in a handful of cases, the exercise of his veto power.  

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