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Friday, September 10, 2010

Running scared? House may adjourn a week early

House leaders are considering adjourning a week earlier than scheduled, underscoring how little Congress must do and how much members need to campaign for reelection.

The House — coming back after its long summer recess — is slated to be in session until Oct. 8, with votes expected Tuesday through Friday most weeks. Leadership aides, though, are now mulling over an Oct. 1 adjournment, which would give the House just 11 days in session before the midterm elections on Nov. 2.

It’s no secret that Democrats could use time back in their districts to campaign. Polls have the majority party trailing Republicans, with several prognosticators predicting the GOP will retake the House this fall — and maybe the Senate.

An early adjournment also signals that Congress wouldn’t take up the extension of the Bush tax cuts before the elections, rather punting them to a lame-duck session after Nov. 2. (See full story at POLITICO)

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