In this July 19, 2012, file phto Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, for a brief pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt its problems to the future. At issue is a six-month temporary spending bill to finance the day-to-day operations of the federal government. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this July 19, 2012, file phto Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, for a brief pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt its problems to the future. At issue is a six-month temporary spending bill to finance the day-to-day operations of the federal government. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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published Monday, September 10th, 2012
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When lawmakers return to Washington on Monday, they face big issues, including taxes, spending cuts and the prospect of a debilitating "fiscal cliff" in January. Yet Congress is expected to do what it often does best: punt problems to the future.

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