Bush era tax cuts to come to an end
15 November 2010 Last updated at 10:42 GMT
Congress is back in session in Washington DC today for what's termed a "lame-duck" session.
Democrats lost the House in the mid-term elections - but they don't hand over control to the Republicans until next year. Before then the Bush era tax cuts are due to expire - threatening to burden millions of Americans at a time of continued turmoil.
Caroline Hepker has this report.