Congress gears up for year-end legislative rush

With less than a month before Christmas - and ten days until funding runs out for a chunk of the federal government - Congressional leaders are racing to cut deals on everything from general spending to farm policy, reforms to the criminal justice system, a package of temporary tax breaks, and a showdown over the high profile issue of how much to spend on security along the southern border.

"We're trying to get the President the money he would like for the wall, that's part of the year-end spending discussion," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, as reporters pressed for details on how the House and Senate would cut a deal on a border wall which the President routinely promised during the 2016 campaign would be paid for by Mexico.

"That's one of the many things we've got to wrap up here at the end of the year," McConnell added.

While the goal would be to finish work by the next funding deadline of December 7 - that's a week from this Friday - it's still possible that the lame duck session could leak into the next week, inching closer to the Christmas break.

Here's a rundown of some of the major issues left for lawmakers to tackle in the next few weeks:

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