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Washington Watch, Week of Aug. 24

President Obama returns from his two-week vacation in Cape Cod, but Congress remains on its summer break. That does not mean Connecticut lawmakers won’t be busy. Rep. Jim Himes, D-5th District, continues his “17 Towns in 17 Days Tour” and other state politicians will be touching base with constituents, too.

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Washington Watch, Week of July 20

Lawmakers will wrestle with responses to the ongoing border crisis and escalation of Ukraine tensions following the downing of a Malaysian commercial airliner, while also trying to complete work on a highway bill and a Department of Veterans Affairs reform bill before August recess.

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Washington Watch, Week of July 13

A big problem for Congress this week will be finding a fix for the Highway Trust Fund, which pays for the lion’s share of most transportation projects but is running out of money. The House of Representatives plans to hold a vote on a short-term solution that would keep the trust fund solvent until May, but the Senate wants a six-year bill.

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Washington Watch, Week of July 6

Congress returns from July 4th recess with no more than 20 days of work scheduled before its month-long August recess. But a ramp up of hostilities between the White House and congressional Republicans over immigration and other issues makes it harder than ever to get much done.

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Washington Watch, Week of June 22

The House and Senate will try to cram in as much work as possible this week before they leave town for the Independence Day holiday. But partisan bickering over spending bills to fund the federal government and a final veteran’s health care bill may hurt chances of much being accomplished.