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House, Senate expected to leave next week

The Senate will head home next Thursday, and the House is likely to follow suit.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday that once the Senate votes on the continuing resolution to keep the government funded, Congress is unlikely to accomplish anything until after the election, so he plans to send the Senate home, the National Journal has reported.

The House is scheduled to be in session Wednesday through Friday of next week, out the week of September 24, and back in session October 1 to 5. But with the Senate gone, it seems likely House members will also leave Washington at the end of next week until after the November 6 elections.

Both chambers are scheduled to return on November 13 for the lame duck session.

This schedule makes consideration of the farm bill on the House floor before the election even less likely than before, unless there is substantial pressure from farmers to take it up before the 2008 farm bill expires on September 30.