Congress Returns

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- As Congress returns from its summer break, lawmakers face major tests on Iraq, children's health care, the home mortgage crisis and the budget.

Democrats are divided over the next step to take on Iraq, as they await the military briefing from General David Petraeus later this month.

The House has passed its appropriations bills, but the Senate has completed only one. Up first in the Senate are budgets for veterans, foreign aid and transportation programs.

A House committee holds a hearing tomorrow on the mortgage crisis and how to prevent a flood of foreclosures.

Still undone: a final version of legislation that would add millions of children to a popular health insurance program.


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