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Lame-duck session likely won't end this Friday


Senate leaders from both parties just indicated that they expect Senate business to go beyond this Friday -- which was the expected get-away date for the holidays.

No specifics yet and not a certainty, but that is the general guidance.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said they must finish pending business, which includes the tax-cuts package, funding government operations, and possibly ratification of New START.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked in his daily press briefing about President Obama's scheduled departure for Hawaii for the holidays. Said Gibbs: "I think the president will be in Washington and in the White House for as long as Congress is in session."