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Pelosi: House To Adjourn Next Week

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the House is on course to wrap up its work by the end of next week and adjourn until after the midterm elections.

“We’ve had a full agenda in the Congress,” the California Democrat told reporters at her weekly news conference. “The end of the fiscal year is Sept. 30, and we’ve charted all of our work to be finished by the end of the fiscal year.”

Democrats have been talking about cutting this work period short since returning from the August recess. Members had been scheduled to be in session until Oct. 8.

Members have little left to do but pass a continuing resolution to keep the government running. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said late Thursday that the Senate would deal with extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class after the election. Many House Democrats have suggested the debate be postponed in their chamber as well, but on Friday Pelosi declined to rule out a House vote on the issue next week.

“We will retain the right to proceed as we choose,” she said. “We take it one day at a time.”

But Pelosi stressed that “America’s middle class will have a tax cut, pledging that “it will be done in this Congress.”