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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) arrive for an event on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 13. (Elizabeth Frantz for The Washington Post)

Today, the Senate returned from Thanksgiving break, with the House to follow Tuesday, for the remainder of a lame-duck session that could be very busy. The top priority: keeping the government running beyond Dec. 16. It remains unclear whether lawmakers will pass a spending bill that funds the government for the next year or whether they will try to pass a shorter-term resolution. Other pending issues include protecting same-sex marriage and changes to the Electoral Count Act spurred by the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

President Biden is also back in Washington. On Monday, he signed a memorandum directing U.S. agencies to strengthen their response to sexual violence in conflict zones, including in Ukraine. Later, he plans to welcome 2022 Nobel Prize winners to the White House.