The mid-term elections had many themes, including the need to: strengthen the American economy and generate jobs; reduce annual federal deficits and long-term debt; reform the tax code; and improve transparency and accountability in the congressional process.

On December 22, 2010, the U.S. Congress adjourned sine die and in its final days passed a flurry of significant bills, including the Defense Authorization Act (a repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” ban on homosexuals openly serving in the armed forces), food safety legislation, a health care bill for 9/11 first responders, and approval of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.