For example, the House is expected to approve a bill extending permanent normal trade relations status to Russia, part of that country's entry into the World Trade Organization.
And the Senate is expected to take up the Sportsman Act, which would give hunters increased access to federal lands.
Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:
The House and Senate are out.
The House and Senate both return at 2 p.m.
In the House, members will debate and pass a few suspension bills, and Tuesday night will be the first chance members have had to speak on the floor since late September. The suspension bills are:
H.R. 6190, the Asthma Inhalers Relief Act;
H.R. 6371, the Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act;
S. 1956, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act; and
H.R. 6586, to extend the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014.
In the Senate, members will take up debate on S. 3525, the Sportsmen's Act. At 5:30 p.m., senators are expected to hold a vote on a motion to proceed to the bill. The Senate is in for the rest of the week but with no definite plans beyond Tuesday.
The House will meet at 10 a.m. for speeches on Wednesday and Thursday, then at 9 a.m. for work Friday morning.
The only bill subject to a rule is H.R. 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act. The House Rules Committee is expected to approve a rule for this bill Tuesday evening, and the House will be in a position to approve the rule as early as Wednesday, although passage Friday is expected.
In addition, the House will take up five other suspension bills during the week:
H.R. 2606, the New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act (no new text available yet, but this is the version that passed the Senate);
H.R. 6570, to amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to consolidate certain CBO reporting requirements;
H.R. 2453, the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act;
H.R. 6116, to amend the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands to provide for direct appeals to the United States Supreme Court of decisions of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court; and
H.R. 5934, the Stop Tobacco Smuggling in the Territories Act of 2012.