The airports around Washington, D.C. will be busy tonight as more than 400 members of Congress return to vote on a funding package.
House members had planned on a six-week summer recess. But late last week, the U.S. Senate approved an emergency spending measure that requires House approval before any money goes out the door.
The package contains nearly $2 billion for California to help pay for the cost of providing health care to its poorest people. It also contains money for school districts to save an estimated 16,500 teachers’ jobs. To pay for the package, Congress cut foreign tax credits and future increases in food stamp allowances.
The vote is the only official item on the House agenda before members leave town again to return to their districts, catch their breaths or campaign for November’s midterm elections.