Ending their annual August recess, members of Congress headed back to work last week. For the Senate, completing work on fiscal year 2007 spending bills remains a priority. However, there is a strong possibility that many appropriations bills will not be in place before Congress recesses to return home to campaign for the mid-term elections this November.

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2007 (H.R. 5631) was passed by the Senate on 7 September, and both houses have appointed conferees to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation. While the Defense appropriations bill goes to conference, the fiscal year 2007 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill (H.R. 5386) remains on the Senate Legislative Calendar.

The House of Representatives also reconvened last week to consider several miscellaneous pieces of legislation, including the Horse Protection Act (H.R. 503), the North American Wetlands Conservation Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5539), and the International Solid Waste Importation Management Act of 2005 (H.R. 2491), which passed the chamber on 6 September.


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