After a week-long district work period, the House and the Senate are both in Washington this week to begin a work period that will take them up to Independence Day. 

Summer Agenda
The agenda for the summer work periods is starting to come into focus.  The House is expected to spend much of the next two months working on spending bills, defense authorization, immigration reform and reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.  The Senate is expected to finish the Farm Bill this week and then turn to immigration reform, which proponents hope will be completed by Independence Day.  Mixed into this broad agenda, Congress faces a deadline to keep the interest rate on federal direct student loans from doubling at the end of the month; the House passed legislation on this matter before recessing in May.  READ MORE
 


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