By David Espo-Associated Press, The Washington Times
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Congress returns to work this coming week, divided over measures to create jobs and scorned by the nation it was elected to help lead.
After a five-week break, Republican and Democratic leaders alike promise action to try and ease the countryâ€™s 9.1 percent unemployment rate and boost an economy that is barely growing. President Barack Obama goes first on Thursday night with a speech to lawmakers and a prime-time national television audience.
But there is little overlap so far in the measures that Republicans and Democrats are recommending, and the rest of the year-end congressional agenda is top-heavy with items that relate to government spending and less directly to job creation.
A new committee, comprised of lawmakers in both parties from both houses and armed with extraordinary powers, is expected to hold its first meeting this week as it begins work on a plan to make long-term deficit cuts. The panel was created as part of last monthâ€™s agreement to reduce red ink and avert a government default. It faces a Nov. 23 deadline for action.
To read more, visit:Â http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/3/congress-returns-unpopular-well-divided/
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