Congress returns amid sour mood over slow economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is reconvening this week for what
could be a painful confrontation over how to put Americans back to
work.
Lawmakers returning after a monthlong recess are in accord on at
least one thing: Jobs policy must be at the top of the agenda.
But there's little hope they will be able to put aside their
differences long enough to come up with legislation that makes
measurable improvements either to the unemployment rate or
Congress' dismal approval rate.
Even the main attraction of the first week back - President
Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress - was put in
place only after a fight between House Republicans and the White
House over the timing of the primetime event, which has been pushed back a day to Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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