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Congress Faces Final Bills Before Summer Break

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Congress leaves Washington for summer break at the end of the week.
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Congress leaves Washington for summer break at the end of the week.

This is Congress' last week in town before lawmakers leave Washington for their August break. Last week the Senate voted to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Analysts and many lawmakers say it was all politics. Even so, now the Republican-controlled House is expected to respond this week by voting to extend all the tax cuts placing tax policy front and center, as many lawmakers go back to their districts for the month.

House Republicans are also anticipated to give some relief to farmers in the Midwest who are facing a devastating drought, a drought so severe it's expected to raise food prices across the United States.

Besides dollars and cents, lawmakers also hope to work out an agreement on a new round of Iran sanctions.

And D.C. officials are sure to be watching the House closely on Tuesday. The chamber is expected to pass legislation banning abortions in the District after twenty weeks of pregnancy, which pro-choice groups say is an attack on women's health.

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