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Congressional push mounting for national tax holiday

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.

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