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Congress returns to fight over jobs, budget cuts

Congress returns to fight over jobs, budget cuts

Fights large and small await Congress as it gets back to business, with jobs and budget cuts topping a contentious agenda that also includes a lengthy roster of lower-profile but essential items.
President Barack Obama is to unveil his jobs agenda in a nationally televised address Thursday night, but early glimpses of the package show it relies heavily on extending expiring programs like a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.
Also this week, a bipartisan deficit-reduction panel will hold its first meeting amid mixed expectations that it can be successful in a highly partisan climate.
In the short term, there's a need for legislation required to simply keep the government running past Sept. 30, including a stopgap bill to avoid a government shutdown.


Updated : 2021-02-26 01:11 GMT+08:00