Lame Duck Congress Begins

Today, the 112th Congress will begin a lame duck session to deal with budget and tax policy and potentially other items that were unfinished when Congress left for the election.   There is pressure on Congress to address the tax cuts that will expire, the cuts to Medicare providers that will occur, and the automatic across the board spending cuts that will happen at the end of the year unless Congress acts. The President and the leadership of the House and Senate are expected to begin negotiations on what will be the framework of an agreement to address these critical issues. The Arc will continue to urge Congress to protect critical programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and Social Security, that provide a critical lifeline for people with I/DD.