Members of Congress are planning on working through the Thanksgiving holiday in an effort to try to wrap up a number of outstanding issues, including health care and climate change legislation. However, it seems that these issues will be carried over into the next session and will remain relevant going into 2010 and the mid-term elections. Here is a look into some of the issues Congress will keep their eye in 2010: HEALTH CARE REFORM -- Despite passage in the House, the Senate is working diligently to find a compromise. Expect this issue to continue on into February before anything is resolved.
CAP-AND-TRADE -- Again, despite passage in the House, the Senate is finding difficulty in addressing a number of issues in this bill, including pressure from manufacturing states and the potential impact on jobs.
FINANCIAL REFORM -- Banks and other financial firms are already gearing up for a the debate on financial reform. Although this issue remains a priority, it took a back seat during the health care and climate change debate, but is starting to gain traction in committee.
TAXES -- A number of tax relief measures passed in 2001 and 2003 are set to expire by the end of 2010. Expect this issue to become a polarizing issue as members of Congress prepare for the election season.
IMMIGRATION -- Another priority of the administration, this issue will have the potential to be another political issue.
STIMULUS II -- Communities are still struggling despite the influx of funds from the federal government. In an election year, Members of Congress may look to bring more immediate relief to their districts.
TRANSPORTATION -- Congress punted on addressing the expired and Transportation Equity Act for an additional 18 months. However, Congress will still hear testimony on reforming or nation's aging infrastructure and how to address its shortcomings.
FEDERAL FUNDING -- With a lack of funding from state governments, going to local governments, social service agencies and other organizations, people will be looking to Congress for financial support.
Regardless of the issues Congress considers in the coming months, it will no doubt be political as their think about their election.