NEW: Hobbled Dems and Eager GOP Start Lame-Duck Session

By: AP
By: AP

Hobbled Democrats and invigorated Republicans return today to Capitol Hill.

More than 100 mainly Republican freshmen arrive to be schooled on the jobs they'll assume when the next Congress convenes in January. For Democrats, New York Rep. Charles Rangel goes on trial on ethics charges. He's the former chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee

Among the items they must act on are the expiring Bush-era tax cuts to protect millions of people from significant tax increases. Lawmakers failed to pass even a single annual spending bill this year. They'll need to to keep federal agencies financed and avoid a government shutdown. Meanwhile doctors face a crippling cut in Medicare reimbursements.

There are also efforts to give Social Security recipients a $250 check to make up for no cost-of-living increase next year; to extend unemployment benefits; to allow gays to serve openly in the military; to ratify a nuclear weapons reduction treaty with Russia; and to extend government oversight of food safety.

Congress will be in session for a week before the Thanksgiving break. They return Nov. 29 and will stay until they complete their work or adjourn.

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  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Nov 15, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    Unfortunately, during the next 2 months, the radical Democratic majority in both houses of Congress have time to do a lot of damage to our country. They will try to ram through more spending and passing really bad legislation like the Dream Act amnesty bill which both Pelosi and Harry Reid have said is a priority. I would like to see the main theme of the 112th Congress next year to be REPEAL of not only most of what has been passed during the last three years, but also Progressive legislation from up to 100 years ago that gave us the FED for instance, direct election of Senators (which corrupted the balance of powers of the federal government), and the 23rd Amendment, the DISTRICT of Columbia is not a State, but the seat of the federal government as defined by the Constitution and is not supposed to have voting rights as do the States or a city government; Congress is supposed to be the sole governing body over the District.
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