Congress will be back in session this afternoon, as lawmakers return from their five-week summer recess. They have a lot facing them between now and year's end, particularly the November 6th election. All 435 members of the House and one-third in the Senate are up for re-election. Congress is also facing the start of the new fiscal year on October 1st and the prospect of having to pass another continuing budget resolution so the federal government will have money to operate.
The House has approved seven budget bills but no budget measures have been brought before the full Senate. Another question is whether Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be back at work. His office reported Friday that Jackson is at his Washington home after months of treatment for clinical depression at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.