Congress: Blame game between GOP and Dems heats up

WASHINGTON (NBC) -- There are some big issues facing Congress between now and the end of the year:

Will your taxes go up? Will $100 billion be automatically cut out of the federal budget?

The white house accuses house republicans of blocking progress. "You can't get everything you want. You cannot stand on your maximalist position and just hold your breath," said White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney.

Republicans blame Democrats. "It takes two to do nothing. The House has done something. The Democratic-controlled Senate -- they're the ones who've done nothing," argued Rep. Jeb Hensarling, (R) Texas.

Some issues need to be resolved quickly. Money to run the federal government runs out after September. Doing nothing could lead to a shutdown.

Congress is expected to approve temporary extensions Thursday.

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan's coming back for that vote.

Democrats don't like his plan. "The Ryan math doesn't work with his budgets, doesn't work with Medicare, it doesn't work with his tax plan," said Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)/ Sen. Majority Leader.

A Farm Bill - that includes food stamps for 46 million Americans - also runs out this month. It's unclear if that'll get a vote.

But as for the expiring Bush Tax Cuts and those automatic spending cuts.

With a critical election looming -- both may be left for the next Congress to deal with.


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