Congress in Recess But Plenty of Work Awaits

Budget will take top priority when Congress returns.

Most federal lawmakers are now home for the spring recess but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has laid out an ambitious agenda for when Representatives return to Washington during the week of April 20. However climate change is not on her immediate list. With multiple proposals now public, Pelosi says Congressional Democrats need to work out differences among themselves over whether to push for a "cap and trade" system or some other method for reducing pollution. One possibility is in the form of an "emissions tax."

What is on her list is to pick up where Congress left off with the budget for the 2010 fiscal year. The House and Senate must negotiate a budget conference report. Once differences are worked out and the report is ratified the Appropriations Committee can get to work on spending bills. Pelosi says she hopes to have most or all appropriations bills through the House by June 30.

Also, bills dealing with the economy will continue to be on the table. Pelosi wants to focus on alleviating the impact of the crisis on individuals. Including bills on predatory lending, credit card reform, and stopping mortgage scams.

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