House and Senate leaders from both party sat down Tuesday for their first postelection assembly with President Barack Obama in an ambiance charged with worry over taxes and a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia.
Republicans set the tone for the session early, declare steadfast opposition to any tax increase when the current Bush era tax cuts conclude at the end of the year. Obama has said he would combat a permanent additional room of the tax cuts for taxpayers earning more than $200,000 as persons and $250,000 as couples.
At the same time a couple of Republican senators signal possible pressure group on the START treaty which would reduce nuclear arms arsenals in the U.S. and Russia. Obama has made support of the treaty this year a top nationwide security goal.