Boehner: Expect brief but busy September

Boehner: Expect brief but busy September
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Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World Jordan won't run for Oversight gavel Oklahoma rep. launches long-shot bid for Oversight chair MORE told his conference on Wednesday that the September legislative session will be "brief but busy," giving Republicans a chance to paint a "stark contrast" with Democrats before the November elections.  

"The House is going to spend September focused on American solutions to help get people back to work, lower costs at home, and restore opportunity for all Americans. That’s our closing argument," the Ohio Republican said on a conference call with GOP lawmakers, according to a source on the line.

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"The House has passed more than 350 bills that are stuck in the Senate, including dozens of bills to help create jobs and lower costs for the American people," the Speaker added. "Instead of acting on those bills, Harry ReidHarry ReidThis week: Congress awaits Comey testimony Will Republicans grow a spine and restore democracy? Racial representation: A solution to inequality in the People’s House MORE plans to just run out the clock."

Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) "plans to spend the final legislative days before November talking about the Koch brothers" rather than the economy or national security, BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World Jordan won't run for Oversight gavel Oklahoma rep. launches long-shot bid for Oversight chair MORE said on the call, referring to the billionaire conservative donors Charles and David Koch.

"We have bills ready for floor action this month that are designed to drive this point home," he added.

Congress returns from its five-week recess on Monday and is expected to stay in town for two weeks before returning to the campaign trail ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections. 

Before they head home, lawmakers will have to find a way to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open, a short-term bill to prevent the Export-Import Bank from closing up shop, and possibly a bill barring new taxes on Internet access.

New Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said he wants to bring legislation dealing with jobs to the floor this month, as well as an energy package that would support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

This was the second phone call Boehner held with his conference this summer recess.