Lawmakers are gone until Nov. 12 after only being in session for 8 days.
Del. Holmes Norton urged officials not to expand the WH security perimeter.
"If we do nothing to close this loophole, and allow a terrorist to carry out an attack on our homeland, the impacts will be devastating," said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).
Forty-two House Democrats urged President Obama to meet with immigrants whose family members have been deported as he weighs issuing an executive action on immigration.
A bipartisan coalition called on Boehner and Pelosi to schedule a vote after the elections.
Reps. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have introduced legislation that would provide work transition assistance to people who lost their jobs in the coal industry.
The House cleared an adjournment resolution during a brief pro forma session on Friday.
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Two House Democrats are seeking increased funding for the National Institutes of Health.
Republican Reps. Diane Black (Tenn.) and Ted Poe (Texas) have introduced legislation to eliminate the requirement for individuals to identify their race when filing paperwork to buy a gun.
The resolution, which was passed by unanimous consent, condemns thr group for its acts of terrorism.