Congress will come back this week, from the July 4th break, to a mound of uncompleted tasks.
The same may be said of every Congress reappearing from every recess, since lawmakers sported wigs and tights. But this time, it might be a huge trouble, particularly for the party in authority.
When Barack Obama took to power and the Democrats took over Washington, they made determined pledges about how much they would accomplish, with or without Republican aid.
Now, with comparatively only few working days left, prior to the November midterm elections, partly because policymakers decided another long recess for themselves starting at the finishing of July, they might not be able to persuade cynical, irritated voters that they are worthy of staying in power.
Regulations to extend redundancy gains and levy new rules on the economic industry have yet to be sorted out. An emergency war backing law, filled up with unconnected payments, experiences a White House veto risk. The Senate must still endorse Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Adding to this are the discussions over campaign funding ruling, long-expected food-safety legislations and a controversial defense approval law that would put a stop to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on homosexuals in the armed forces.