WASHINGTON — President Obama has a long to-do list and high expectations for this lame-duck session of Congress, before Democrats must yield control of the US House of Representatives to a newly elected Republican majority.
The president’s to-do list begins with tax issues, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a briefing with reporters today. The most pressing tax issue is the Bush-era income tax cut that expires at the end of the year. The president wants to allow the cuts to expire on family income over $250,000 and extend it for income below that amount; Republicans want Congress to extend the cuts to all income.
Other priorities the president wants to see Congress address include:
* Renewal of a program to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.
* Ratification of the New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, which is “critically important to our national security,” Gibbs said.
* Ending the “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy that forbids openly gay people from serving in the US military.
* And the so-called Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for certain young illegal aliens who go to college or serve in the military.
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