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.