GOP warns House of third weekend of work

The House met Sept. 28, just a few days before the government shut down on Oct. 1. It also met Oct. 5 to pass legislation ensuring that workers furloughed because of the shutdown receive back pay once the shutdown ends.

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This coming weekend, the House may continue its effort to pass several small appropriations bills. Members will consider one of those bills today, which would fund the Food and Drug Administration.

Several others remain, including bills funding the government's nuclear weapons safety and intelligence activities, as well as border safety, weather monitoring and education.

The Senate has not passed any of these, and Democrats have said the Senate would not pass any of them. Democrats in the Senate and White House do seem open to the bill allowing for back pay, but the Senate did not vote on that bill when it was in on Saturday.