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Guns and immigration probably aren't going away on the Hill

Sens. John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell
Congress will likely revisit guns and immigration. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

There's little chance that gun or immigration legislation will become a part of a must-pass spending bill later this month, but that doesn't mean Congress won't return to the issues later this year — even with midterm elections looming.

Why this matters: That Republicans want to return to these hot-button issues in an election year, particularly gun legislation, reflects recognition of a shift in public opinion. There's no plan in place, but this time some members of both parties genuinely want to find solutions to — or at the very least seriously debate — these issues.