Congress can redeem itself and the low ratings accorded the Democratic majority by acting on three key pieces of legislation: the student-loan reforms, which have passed the House; the tobacco FDA regulation bill; and legislation making it mandatory for states to enter information on who they have incarcerated in prisons or mental hospitals on the gun buyers database. These three pieces of legislation, coupled with the increase in the minimum wage already voted, will address key issues of great concern to the voters.

That Philip Morris has endorsed the FDA bill and the NRA is supporting the gun buyers data proposal should not disqualify them. Both are good bills, very worthy of support.