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Congress Struggling to Finish To-Do List Before Summer Break
Action on gun control, Zika, opioids, appropriations remains uncertain

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent believes there are a number of House members who would like to go on record against terrorists being allowed to buy guns. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With only seven working days left before a seven-week break, the House and Senate may adjourn without taking any meaningful action on gun control, Zika funding, opioid abuse and several outstanding appropriations bills.  

The Senate already held a series of failed votes on gun control and the House has yet to vote on the issue. A Republican counterterrorism bill that includes a provision to halt a gun sale to someone on the terrorist watch list for three days unless the government can produce evidence that the person belongs on the list does not have the support to pass the House. It remains unclear whether it can be tweaked to garner enough support before the summer recess.   

House Cancels Votes for Week as D.C. Digs Out From Blizzard

Good Samaritans help push a minivan stuck in the snow at Union Station in Washington during the blizzard on Saturday, (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

UPDATED 6:30 p.m. | The weekend's historic blizzard has forced a delay in the House's attempt to overcome President Barack Obama's veto of a rollback of his signature health care law.  

As workers around the Capitol began to dig out from the weekend's snowstorm, it was already clear that travel would be affected into the coming work week, leading House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to inform members Sunday that the next votes for the chamber would be pushed off until Feb. 1.  

Senate's To-Do List Keeps Getting Longer (Video)

McConnell outlined an extremely busy legislative calendar. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A debate over Iran may highlight the Senate's agenda, but it already seems like there might be too much to do.  

Sen. Bob Corker's efforts to get broad support for bipartisan legislation to provide a role for Congress in reviewing a final international agreement with Iran about nuclear weapons appears to have paid dividends. And the Corker legislation seems to be on an expedited path to the floor after a markup set for Tuesday afternoon. "We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional review process absolutely intact, full of integrity. And look, this is the rightful role for Congress," the Tennessee Republican said on MSNBC.  

Senate Democrats Have Full Agenda Ahead

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats are in a race against the clock in order to consider all the must-pass legislation, such as a new highway bill and an overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs, alongside a host of election-year items aimed at drawing contrasts with the GOP.  

The Senate is poised to consider a bipartisan deal — drafted by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — that would reduce wait times for medical care at the VA.