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Here's what Congress still has to get done during the lame-duck session

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Here's what Congress still has to get done during the lame-duck session

While the world watches the White House, lawmakers on Capitol Hill still have a lot of work left to do before the end of the year, and they have less than 20 days to get it all done. 

Flint recovery funding

The city of Flint, Michigan is still recovering from a devastating water crisis and lawmakers on Capitol Hill haven't come to an agreement on how much money the federal government should provide. 

The House and the Senate passed two separate water bills with different funding amounts for Flint's recovery. 

Defense funding

The House has already passed a $602 billion National Defense Authorization Bill, but Senate Democrats and President Obama are fighting against it thanks to a provision called the Russell Amendment

The Amendment would allow contractors associated with religious organizations to claim exemption from following federal anti-discrimination standards. 

Democrats say it opens the door for anti-LGBT discrimination, and Obama has said he would veto the bill. 

Medical research 

Republicans and Democrats have been working to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, and although support for the bill is strong, there's not much time for lawmakers to iron out all the kinks and get it passed. 

The bill would speed up the federal approval process for drugs and medical devices and provide more than $8 million to the National Institutes of Health.

Do you think Congress will get all of its work done?

Avoiding a shutdown

Once again, Washington could face a government shutdown. 

The current budget will only last until December 9. Democrats want to pass a budget that will cover the entire fiscal year until September.

Republicans are likely to push for a more short-term spending solution that would expire in March so they can renegotiate under a Trump-administration early next year. 

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