The Senate was returning in the hopes the House would pass a Sandy bill, which could leave the upper chamber with little else to do but critique John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election MORE's decision.

The House starts at 10 a.m. for speeches, and noon for legislative work, although no legislation is schedule for the floor.

The Senate meets at noon for speeches, but also has no firm plans for the day.