Monday: End-of-world prediction fizzles, House and Senate convene at 2 p.m.

The world didn't end, which makes us even more comfortable in our prediction that the House and Senate will both return at 2 p.m. Monday.

The Senate on Monday evening is planning a cloture vote on S. 1038, which would extend Patriot Act surveillance authorities until June 1, 2015. That bill reflects a deal worked out late last week between House and Senate leaders on these surveillance techniques, which expire this Friday.

When the House returns, it will take up five non-controversial bills under a suspension of House rules. Four of these are related to veterans, while the fifth extends funding for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, details here.

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