The Senate continues to make its way through popular provisions of President Obama’s jobs package — taking up a proposal this week to give tax credits to companies that hire jobless veterans — in an otherwise quiet week that belies the looming deadlines facing Congress.
With just weeks remaining to find agreement to fund the government and avert a shutdown, as well the Thanksgiving deadline for the bipartisan super committee to approve a deficit-reduction plan, this week’s schedule shows little hint of movement on either front.
The House is in recess as lawmakers work their home districts, gearing up for the 2012 election, part of the GOP strategy of keeping its members close to their constituents rather than preoccupied with Washington.
The Senate has several issues on tap before adjourning for the Veterans Day holiday on Friday. And the super committee continues meeting behind closed doors to try to devise a $1.5-trillion deficit-reduction strategy that could win bipartisan support.