House adjourns, likely until late March

The House adjourned shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday, with the expectation of convening after next week's recess.

The Senate, which was still in session as of 6 p.m., is expected to approve an adjournment resolution the House approved earlier in the week. That resolution would keep the Senate out until March 28 at noon, and the House out until March 29 at 2 p.m.

Before the House adjourned, Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) warned that the U.S. needs to seek out its own energy supplies in the wake of rising oil and gas prices. And freshman Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) scolded the Senate for failing to work out a spending bill for FY 2011 that it can pass.

"It's time for the Senate to act," he said.

The House and Senate each approved a three-week spending resolution that will fund the government through April 8, and President Obama is expected to sign that legislation, H.J.Res. 48, sometime before Friday.