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Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, says Democrats should limit the lame-duck session to tax legislation, a broad spending measure and a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. If Republicans get that assurance, he says, the treaty could pass with "strong bipartisan support." (Associated Press)

Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, says Democrats should limit the lame-duck session to tax legislation, a broad spending measure and a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. If Republicans get that assurance, he says, the treaty could pass with "strong bipartisan support." (Associated Press)

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