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Congress has full agenda before year's end

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

November 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Congress is getting back to work on Monday, returning to the Capitol with plenty to do before the end of the year.Among their top priorities is the Bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire.

Democrats and Republicans disagree on whether the nation's richest families should receive the cuts.

The president and most Democrats want them extended to any couple earning $250,000 or less, but Republicans want to make them permanent for everyone.

Also on the agenda is a controversial bill that would end "don't ask, don't tell." So far, Senate Republicans have blocked that bill.

The Senate is also expected to pass a food safety bill this week, giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to recall tainted products and require food manufacturers to follow stricter safety standards.