The must-dos

With 13 people dead and another eight hospitalized after Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, expect another round of gun control legislation to pop up on Capitol Hill.

Congress, though, will have to do some heavy lifting this fall just to get through its list of must-dos: Passing a budget, raising the debt ceiling, and tackling the Farm Bill.

Gun control was a hot issue early this year after a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school killed 26 people. That legislation went nowhere, however, and the question now is whether any of the other serious issues now before the House will go anywhere, either.

House Speaker John Boehner is having no luck building consensus among the various factions of conservative Republicans. Last week, bipartisan legislation to create the position of an unpaid, honorary national science laureate had to be pulled from consideration because of conservative opposition.

A science laureate, an expert who would travel the country and speak to Americans about the importance of science,  seemed like an innocuous proposal that would sail through the House. According to the Huffington Post, though, the bill was pulled after objections by the American Conservative Union, which saw the position as a potentially propagandist vehicle for the White House.

The House gallery should be one of the hottest tickets in town when debate starts on its long list of must-dos. So, far though, none has made it onto the House calendar.

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