The House next week is expected to approve a 10-year extension to a law that bans the manufacture, sale or ownership of firearms that can't be picked up by a metal detector.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Wednesday proposed legislation to suspend the collection of entrance fees at national parks, to help promote tourism after the government shutdown led to reduced crowds across the country.
A dozen House Democrats have proposed legislation that would require the government to pay back low-income contract workers who were placed on furlough during October's 16-day government shutdown.
House Republicans next week will call up two tort reform bills — one that seeks to crack down on fraudulent claims related to injury from asbestos, and another that limits frivolous lawsuits on any subject in federal court.
The White House on Monday formally called on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a gay rights bill.