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Taxes, Defense, Appropriations Remain Big 3 Issues Before Christmas

In the mad rush to complete work before Christmas, there are three big-ticket items on which Democrats and Republicans seem to agree, reports Niels Lesniewski of Roll Call .  

“Obviously the Senate is waiting on the House with respect to the tax extender package, the way forward on funding the government and the National Defense Authorization Act,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. “Once those measures are received, we’ll decide how to go forward.”  

“I think everybody agrees, on a bipartisan basis, those are three things we simply must do here at the end of the session,” the Kentucky Republican continued. “Fund the government, make sure we don’t have any retroactive tax increases, and follow the tradition of many years, which is to pass a National Defense Authorization Act. I’m confident the Senate will do that before we depart for the holidays.”  

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was on the same page on high-priority legislation.

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