Congress will kick off the 113th session this week with consideration of a $50 billion measure intended to offer relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy, but loaded with pet pork projects including money for museum roofs and funding for Alaska fisheries.
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) is hoping to amend the legislation to strip spending not specific to that disaster when the bill comes up for a vote on Tuesday.
The Senate won’t be in session this week but returns on Jan. 21 to face a full agenda of new appointees for President Barack Obama’s cabinet and lesser administration positions.
The confirmation process is expected to be rocky for former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican who has been nominated to lead the Pentagon. The Democratic-led Senate is expected to be a little friendlier when it combs over the confirmation of fellow Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.