Congress must love the adrenaline of making big decisions as deadlines loom. Lawmakers have until Friday at midnight to figure out how to fund the government. Yep, we're at that point again, where the stopgap bill that keeps the government up and running runs dry. Lawmakers have an allegedly bipartisan bill that House appropriators have come up with and it will be voted on Thursday. But now, political posturing is getting in the way. President Obama is urging Senate Democrats to hold the spending bill hostage until lawmakers can come up with an agreement on how to fund the payroll tax cut. He vows to veto a plan that passed the House that ties the payroll tax cut into a controversial oil pipeline stretching from Texas to Canada. Oh, and did we mention that Congress is trying to get this all done by Friday so they can skip town and have a happy holiday away from the Capitol?
Also talked about tonight, remember the President who tried to be liked by almost all and talked about bipartisanship? That guy appears to be gone. President Obama is ready for a fight and not just with his GOP rivals. The commander-in-chief has taken swipes at Congress and he has said several times over the past few weeks, he won't budge on certain issues. He's said he'll veto bills and he'll have lawmakers stay on Capitol Hill until they find compromise. It looks like it may be a long holiday season when it comes to politics.