Apparently Reid, et al, didn't get the message in November. He, and his pals, have introduced a ~2000 page spending bill (that's 2000 pages drafted in relative secret) that is laden with earmarks. It was introduced just a few days before the government would be forced to 'shutdown' if it isn't passed.
What needs to happen is a continuing resolution at current spending levels until the new congress is seated.
Why is Reid, and his counterpart Pelosi, trying to ram so much unpopular crap through during a lame duck session? Because they know they've lost and will not have this chance again. The 111th Congress needs to take an extended Christmas break and put itself to rest. Let the 112th do its job, rather than force it to spend the first part of its session trying to undo even more of the mess left by the 111th.