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What might the new Congress do for you?

By Joshua Kurlantzick

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In crafting a triumph in November, some Democrats used a strategy not seen in America in decades: economic populism. Sherrod Brown, the triumphant Senate candidate from Ohio, actually wrote a book called Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy Has Failed. Shortly after the election, victorious Senate Democrat Jim Webb from Virginia wrote a much-noted article entitled "Class Struggle," which blasted "incestuous corporate boards" and the wealth of large companies' CEOs.

But the shift in congressional leadership could prove a boon for small business. Already, in its first flurry of activity, the new Congress has pushed to give its small-business committees a larger role, providing input into many types of legislation.

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