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Washington Watch bug

Congress returns from its summer break for a few weeks of work before it takes another long recess in October so members can campaign for re-election.

It will be a high-stakes game as lawmakers tackle a long list of priorities, including approval of a budget that would keep the government running past the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, and a temporary renewal of the charter for the Export Import Bank, a government entity that helps finance foreign purchases of U.S. goods.

President Obama will return to Washington from a trip to Europe, where he attended a NATO meeting.

Obama’s policy toward Syria and Iraq will also get a thorough review by Congress this week as will the shooting of a black teenager by police in Ferguson, Mo.

Monday Sept. 8:

The Senate will begin consideration of a long-shot proposed change to the Constitution that would rein in political spending by limiting the influence of wealthy donors.

Tuesday, Sept. 9:

Senate Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on a Pentagon program that donates excess military equipment to local police departments.

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the state of VA health care. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is a committee member.

Also on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the National Archives to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

Wednesday, Sept. 10:

The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the threat of Islamic militants who have taken credit for the beheading of two U.S. journalists. The hearing is entitled “One Flight Away: An Examination of the Threat posed by ISIS Terrorists with Western Passports.”

 Thursday, Sept. 11:

President Obama  and White House staff will gather on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The president and First Lady Michelle Obama will then travel to the Pentagon Memorial to attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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