The 104th Congress' second session opened Jan. 3 with much unfinished business.

Possible relief from the Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), as well as Medicaid and welfare reforms were still unresolved from Congress' first session.

At press time, progress on an effort to balance the budget within seven years, along with six federal spending bills for fiscal year 1996, and proposals aimed at restructuring Medicaid, Medicare and welfare programs slowed to a crawl.

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