What to do? Some Democrats and Republican Senators have gotten together to block the Senate bill (see the WSJ article), but that's not enough, and nobody wants the 1998 act to simply expire. I'm about to call my House Representative and both Senators to let them know that I'm with the governors for "a simple, temporary extension of current law." You can do the same. To make it easier, here are links to Senators and links to Representatives.
It's a rip-off that should be stopped - tell a friend.