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Lawmakers head back to work after July 4 break

FILE - In this June 29, 2010 file photo, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., left, speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, with the House Financial Services Committee. What to do about the size of too-big-to-fail banks? Order a study. How to hold stockholders accountable for their dealing with clients? Another study. From left, are, Dodd, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho,  and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

FILE - In this June 29, 2010 file photo, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., left, speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, with the House Financial Services Committee. What to do about the size of too-big-to-fail banks? Order a study. How to hold stockholders accountable for their dealing with clients? Another study. From left, are, Dodd, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress gets back to work today after the
Fourth of July break and the White House hopes the Senate can move
quickly on a top legislative priority -- the financial overhaul.
As senators began their weeklong break, Democrats left town
without the 60 votes needed to push through the Wall Street reform
package. But they may have won over several lawmakers who had
problems with the measure, including a handful of Republicans.
Democrats appear poised to move the bill forward, even though
the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd hasn't been filled.
Another top priority for Democrats is extending benefits for the
long term unemployed whose payments have run out.
There's also the bill to pay for the war in Iraq as well as the
nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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