The U.S. Senate is set to return next week for a post-election session. But, without the House, not much is expected to be accomplished.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, R-Nev., have called for Congress to pass an economic stimulus package, including plans for billions of dollars in new aid for
Thursday Senate Banking Chairman Christopher Dodd said the Senate lacks votes to pass a measure to provide $25 billion in loans for the Big Three automakers to help stave off bankruptcy.
"I don't know of a single Republican that is willing to support [it]," said Dodd. "We ought to be careful in bringing up a proposition that might fail."
Many House members will be in town next week for new-member orientation and for Democratic and GOP leadership elections. But others won't come back to town unless there is a post-election session called.