When the going gets tough, the tough should go shopping.
That's what Congress says. Lawmakers in both parties are pushing to declare a 10-day national sales-tax holiday starting Nov. 23 _ the day after Thanksgiving _ to kick off the Christmas shopping season and get Americans back in the stores.
The reason: Consumer spending in September staged the worst monthly drop since 1987.
The tax holiday is expected to come up for a vote next week when the Senate takes up the economic stimulus package. But don't count on it. It still has to clear Congress and the states.