Members of the House and Senate may be in for a longer week than they’d hoped for if they don’t get some serious legislating done — and fast. The height of the holiday season may be at hand, but it’s also the lame-duck season, which could lead to last-ditch-effort time. –KA


The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is in limbo, the continuing resolution funding the government is still lingering, a Sept. 11 first responders bill is still on the table and a food safety measure is still awaiting a final vote in the final days of the Democratic majority. In fact, some House aides are not ruling out the possibility of a post-Christmas session to finish the Sept. 11 bill if time runs out this week.

The uncertainty has thrown into serious doubt the one-day schedule the House had planned for the week, and House aides expect the chamber to be in session through Wednesday. The Senate may stay a day longer to finish its work.

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