What Should the Lame Duck Congress Do?

How should the Congress handle the Bush tax cuts and unemployment benefits?

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Lame-duck sessions of Congress are one of those events that regularly stir up all kinds of intrigue about political dealmaking—before they deflate into insignificance. The current version may end the same. But there are big issues on the agenda. The Bush tax cuts expire January 1, and the estate tax is due to be restored. Should the Bush rates be extended? Including for those who make over $250,000 a year? What about the estate tax? Equally important to some people: Emergency federal unemployment benefits are expiring. Should those be re-upped? And are all these issues related and maybe the basis of a deal? I'd like your thoughts on what this waning Congress can and should do before the new one arrives. You can reach me at editor@usnews.com.

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