Lame Ducks will be busy

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  1. MaggieMae
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    By necessity. There are some major appropriations that must be resolved before the end of the year when newly elected people take office.

    Expiring tax cuts

    Extension of the alternative minimum tax (again)

    Reinstating the estate tax (or not)

    Raising the debt limit to keep the governmen running

    Defense authorization bill

    Another unemployment compensation extension

    All other pending bills will be jockeying for position in competition with the above, since all pending bills die at the end of a Congress and must be reintroduced at the start of a new two-year term.

    This means lawmakers will have to repeat the laborious process of holding committee hearings, markups and rounds of private negotiations before legislation is brought to the floor again in 2011 or 2012.
     
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    Kirk and Manchin will be seated immediately in the senate. I don't think the ram rodding can occur now. But yeah, there's a lot that needs to be resolved.
     

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