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What Congress has to do this session

WASHINGTON — Partisanship has mucked up congressional action on all but must-pass pieces of legislation.

What Congress has to do this session
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“The rules are such that Congress is not supposed to appropriate money to programs that are not authorized,” University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson said, “but as Congress often does, it can waive such rules.”

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  • The expiring tax cuts instituted under President Bush;
  • The expiring payroll tax cut passed in Obama’s stimulus bill;
  • The $1.2 trillion funding cuts to domestic spending and defense programs, and more.
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