A slew of thorny issues awaits President Obama and Congress in the lame-duck session, ranging from taxes to defense to Medicare.

Obama’s victory increases the chances that the lame duck will be productive, but it remains to be seen if the president and leaders on Capitol Hill can break the gridlock that has gripped the 112th Congress.

The following are 25 policy matters most likely to be addressed in the coming weeks:

  • Expiring Bush-era tax rates
  • Sequester
  • Hurricane Sandy supplemental spending bill
  • ClipboardAlternative Minimum Tax (AMT) patch
  • Capital gains tax rate
  • Medicare doc fix
  • Omnibus appropriations bill
  • Postal reform
  • Payroll tax cut extension
  • Unemployment insurance extension
  • Tax extenders
  • Defense authorization
  • Farm bill
  • Online poker
  • Infrastructure bank
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
  • Violence Against Women Act
  • Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for Russia
  • Airline emissions
  • Benefits for same-sex partners of federal workers
  • Online sales tax
  • Cybersecurity
  • China currency
  • Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief extension
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fix

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Source: Erik Wasson | The Hill