With the new year comes a new Congress. A new Congress means that all pending legislation is scrapped and must be reintroduced. This is the US Constitution's provision that calls for a Congressional reboot every two years. It was the founding father's version of pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL.
This may be less worrisome than it appears. Any bills that have any chance of passing the new Congress will be reintroduced in short order.
Last year at this time, MU Law looked at some bills that might see the light of day. Although ultimately none did pass, we did caution that "the odds are against these bills passing are long." What happens in 2013 is still an open question.
President Obama reportedly will make immigration reform a major push in 2013. The big debate is the legislative push will be for a comprehensive immigration package or whether a series of smaller, piecemeal immigration bills are pushed.