Returning from its Memorial Day recess, Congress has a full plate on its agenda -- including health care and energy legislation, the New York Times says. "Either a health care or an energy bill would typically be enough to consume an entire Congressional summer. Now the Senate will also have to contend with a Supreme Court confirmation hearing, with Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the president's nominee to replace Justice David H. Souter, to begin meeting with senators on Tuesday. Members of the Judiciary Committee, which will review the nomination, are also engaged in the health care and energy debates, complicating the logistics of those issues."
"At the same time, Democrats are also trying to complete the 12 annual spending measures by the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year, a goal Congress has been unable to meet in recent years. Those measures contain scores of possibilities for potential conflict, including whether to provide money to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba."
"After months of on-again, off-again markups, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee appears on the verge of passing an energy bill that makes good on Democrats' pledge to tilt the energy balance heavily in favor of renewables," Roll Call reports. "But the regional nature of the energy debate will be on full display when the bill moves to the Senate floor, where the key fights will include a controversial first-time national renewable energy mandate as well as provisions to expand nuclear power, and onshore and offshore drilling of oil and natural gas."
"Amid speculation that powerful Democratic Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.) and Edward Kennedy (Mass.) are headed for a showdown over health care reform, the two committee chairmen on Saturday released a joint statement pledging to work together to shepherd a bill to the Senate floor in July," Roll Call says.
"House Republicans, hoping to put Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) back on defense, are weighing whether to take another run at a resolution calling for an investigation into her allegations that the CIA lied to Congress about its use of enhanced interrogation techniques," Roll Call reports. "Several GOP sources say minority lawmakers are looking at how to best keep Pelosi in the hot seat, just as she was when Congress left town for its weeklong recess on May 21."