House cancels October sessions

The U.S. House of Representatives plans to wrap up work next week and not return until after Election Day, Republican leaders announced Friday.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced plans to cancel sessions scheduled for the week of Oct. 1 now that the House has passed a short-term spending bill, and the Senate is expected to do so next week.

House lawmakers return to Washington Wednesday afternoon, after the Rosh Hashanah holiday and will leave again Friday — meaning they will have met just eight days in September.

This abbreviated schedule leaves precious little time to resolve several outstanding issues, including passage of a farm bill or drought relief package, a bill reforming the U.S. Postal Service and several items related to the “fiscal cliff,” a series of tax and spending measures set to expire or begin around New Year’s Day.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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