The House is out all this week, and the Senate returns to a light schedule that could include an effort to fund an economic bureau within the Commerce Department.

Soon after returning at 2 p.m., the Senate on Monday will consider the nomination of Donald Verrilli to be solicitor general of the United States.

For the rest of the week, the Senate might take up a bill to fund the Economic Development Administration. The EDA is a bureau within Commerce that provides aid to U.S. businesses in distressed areas.

But this is a relatively small program, and considering the bill would be in line with the Senate Democrats' decision not to take on highly controversial issues. The EDA was funded $293 million in fiscal 2011, and the Obama administration proposed a $325 million budget for fiscal 2012.