Congress faces time squeeze before taking extended summer break

As the U.S. House and Senate return to legislative work on Capitol Hill this week, GOP leaders in the Congress must make some important decisions on what should top the agenda over the next few weeks, as lawmakers are scheduled to be at work for the rest of July, and then leave Washington, D.C. for a summer break that extends until Labor Day.

Worried about leaving town with so many major legislative items unresolved, some Republicans have asked leaders in the House and Senate to change the legislative schedule, and do away with all or part of the scheduled "August Recess," which is set to start on July 28.

"This does not appear to give us enough time to adequately address the issues that demand immediate attention," said a group of Senators led by Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), as they asked to stay at work in August.

Here is where the Congress stands as lawmakers come back to Washington this week:

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