WASHINGTON -- Congress will meet for only a few final days this week to enable lawmakers to campaign full-time in the battle for control of Congress, leaving much business undone until after the election.
The House convenes for three days to wrap up its work, while the Senate, where Democrats have the majority, is considering a similar truncated schedule. Lawmakers had been scheduled to work through the first week of October.
The one must-pass piece of legislation -- a bill to keep the government funded once the new fiscal year begins, Oct.1 -- is set for final approval this week in the Senate after having already cleared the House.
The remainder of the congressional agenda in the House and Senate is made up largely of politically themed measures to showcase partisan positions on jobs, the economy and other issues.