After a month-long recess, Congress returned to Washington, DC, on 8 September for what some lawmakers hope to will be two weeks of work. However, with so many items on the agenda, it is doubtful that an early departure will occur. Among the significant items before Congress are fiscal year (FY) 2009 appropriations bills, a possible continuing resolution to fund government programs until appropriations legislation is passed, an economic stimulus package, and legislation to authorize offshore oil drilling. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said of the proposal, “We’re saying, OK, you want to drill, this is how it will be. No more subsidies. We want our royalties.”

Several other bills are scheduled to be debated in the House, including the No Child Left Inside Act, H.R. 3036. This legislation would amend the National Environmental Education Act (the Act) to “add to the minimum functions and activities required of grantees under the Environmental Education and Training program, which trains educational professionals in the development and delivery of environmental education and training.”


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