Sleepy Senate, Yawning House

By Beacon Staff

The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank has an interesting column today on how sparse the schedules are in Congress, despite any number of pressing issues I can come up with off the top of my head. Noting that, “House Democrats have so little on their schedule that their first vote of the week is coming at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, when Americans are most of the way through their workweeks,” Milbank sits down with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to go over the agenda:

Among the items they’ll consider: H.R. 1545, “Expressing support for designation of the week beginning on the third Monday in September as ‘National Postdoc Appreciation Week.’ ” And: H.R. 4387, naming the building at 100 North Palafox St. in Pensacola, Fla., the “Winston E. Arnow Federal Building.”

Nor is much happening in the Senate, following Republicans’ killing of a Pentagon policy bill yesterday. So is there anything on the docket in the Senate? Thank goodness for Walter Breuning, or those poor folks might not have anything to do:

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) delivered a floor speech celebrating the 114th birthday of the world’s oldest living man.