Back in SessionThe House and Senate return to action and will be picking up right where they left off: talking about Iraq. Senate Democrats are pursuing a binding resolution to rescind the 2002 resolution granting President Bush war authority, to narrow the scope of the military's mission and to begin to bring troops home. Some House Democrats are looking into strategies for cutting funds for the war.
The Senate is set to begin putting together a big security spending bill, and along the way is likely to take up the remaining recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission report, which during the 2006 campaign Democrats had promised to implement. The House is to consider legislation to overhaul the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, the interagency panel that reviews international financial transactions with national security implications.
High-level administration officials will come before Congress as committees take up appropriations requests. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach will be closely watched.
Tough Talk Toward Iran:Britain, the United States, France, China, Russia and Germany will meet in London today to consider more sanctions against Iran, which refuses to halt its uranium-enrichment program. In late December, the U.N. Security Council issued narrow sanctions against Iran, but the United States is hoping more political and financial pressure can be applied to Tehran.
After the Storm: On Thursday, Bush is to check up on Katrina rebuilding in Louisiana and Mississippi.
CONSERV-A-PALOOZA: The Conservative Political Action Conference will take place in Washington, Thursday to Saturday. For a few Benjamins, you can hang with top conservative leaders, enjoy receptions and banquets with leading Republicans and attend seminars on such topics as "The Left's Repeated Campaign Against the American Soldier" and "Getting to Know Jihad."