House defers debt limit, other tricky issues to next year

12/16/2009 | NYTimes.com

As Congress tries to wrap up its business and go home for the holidays, House Democrats are taking some issues off the table until next year. With disagreement among Democrats, an increase to the national debt limit is being delayed. Also, U.S. President Barack Obama's proposal to add 30,000 troops in Afghanistan is going on the back burner. Whether legislation overhauling the health care system can be approved this year remains uncertain.

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