Congress left town on Friday, 1 August 2008, for the August recess. Thus far, only the Military Construction--Veterans Administration (Mil Con-VA) Appropriations bill has been passed by the House and sent to the Senate. After Republicans launched a campaign to focus attention on a proposal for offshore oil drilling as a means to address oil and gas prices, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-WI) announced that the House would not consider other appropriations bills this summer. However, it is expected that the House will consider the Defense spending bill in September.


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