Nov. 15: Lame-duck session starts.
Nov. 15: New York Rep. Charlie Rangel's ethics trial starts.
Nov. 16: Senate Republican Conference set to vote on imposing a moratorium on earmarks.
Nov. 19-28: Congress is off for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Nov. 29: California Rep. Maxine Waters' ethics trial starts.
Nov. 30: The filing deadline for federal unemployment benefits.
Dec. 1: The deadline for the president's deficit commission to submit its final report
Dec. 1: A scheduled 23 percent cut to Medicare's payments to doctors occurs.
Dec. 1: The military's report on the feasibility of repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military is due at the Pentagon.
Dec. 3: The latest continuing resolution for funding the government expires.
Dec. 31: The Bush tax cuts expire.
Jan. 1: A scheduled 6.5 percent cut to Medicare's payments to doctors occurs.
Jan. 2: New EPA greenhouse gas regulations take effect, but business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce want Congress to delay their implementation.
Jan. 3: The 112th Congress convenes.
Early 2011: The nation's debt will hit its ceiling of $14.29 trillion, so Congress will have to raise it yet again.