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Russia, military, farm aid on lawmakers’ list

Congress will be busy, even before ‘fiscal cliff ’ debate

WASHINGTON — Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts.

One week after the elections — and seven weeks after they last gathered in Washington, Republicans and Democrats face a daunting task in a lame-duck session that Capitol Hill fears could last until the final hours of Dec. 31.

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