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The Week Ahead: Leftovers on the Menu

Congress returns from it's week-long recess today with five weeks until the next break and a to-do list of items left over from before July 4th.

The Senate will immediately return to the housing bill that stalled before the break, mostly due to an effort by Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) to tack largely unrelated energy tax items onto the bill. Democrats hope to break that logjam this week and get the measure passed so the House can take it up.

The Senate will also work this week on the update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a bipartisan compromise measure that also got held up before the recess. The third leftover item is a measure designed to block a cut in physician's pay under Medicare, which the House has already passed.

The House has a considerably lighter week on tap, as the chamber will consider dozens of uncontroversial bills on the suspension calendar and will also take a measure requiring the preservation of White House e-mails and bills creating a new national historic trail in New York and a new section of "National Wild and Scenic Rivers" in Massachusetts.

Check back with Capitol Briefing later today for posts from aides to the top four congressional leaders giving their takes on the week ahead.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 7, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Agenda , The Week Ahead  
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