Congress remains locked in a state of suspended animation. Some of Washington's largest business lobbies, however, aren't nearly as paralyzed. They're already organizing and strategizing on how best to influence the lame-duck session and next year's Congress.
Senior Hill staffers and veteran lobbyists agree that the legislative debate over how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff isn't likely to begin in earnest until after Thanksgiving, but K Street is busy war-gaming possible scenarios, including identifying targets for attack.
Lobbyists are already shopping their wish lists. And because the stakes are so high--few issues separate winners and losers as clearly as taxes--the idea is to lay the groundwork now to ensure that someone else ultimately feels the pain.