New York (CNNMoney.com) - Congress is finally close to checking Wall Street reform off its to-do list. Then it will turn to a bevy of spending and tax measures. Individually, the measures may not inspire sticker shock, but together they add up.
In coming weeks, Congress will consider measures that combined could increase the deficit by close to $500 billion over 10 years. And that doesn't include the big kahuna on this year's agenda: extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, which could cost anywhere from several hundred billion dollars to more than $2 trillion.
While it is expected that many measures will be paid for with revenue-generating provisions, the total cost of all that's on the table would not be fully offset. That's in large part because several measures are exempt from the new "pay-as-you-go" law.