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Congress Returns from Recess, Agenda Ahead

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Congress returns to Washington this week after a month-long recess, with a full slate of issues on its agenda.

C-SPAN reports lawmakers will focus on three issues that dominated their schedules before the recess: jobs, spending and deficits.

President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress Thursday to unveil his jobs plan. The Labor Department’s latest jobs report showed no job growth, with unemployment holding at 9.1 percent.

Republicans have released their jobs plan, including scaling back regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Labor Relations Board and the new health care law.

The bipartisan “super committee,” charged with finding deficit reduction solutions, will hold its first session Thursday. Its first public hearing will be Sept. 13. The committee must come up with at least $1.2 trillion in savings over 10 years.

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