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**FILE** Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting member of Congress (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting member of Congress (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) President Richard Trumka addresses members during the group's quadrennial convention at Los Angeles Convention Center on Sept. 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) President Richard Trumka addresses members during the group's quadrennial convention at Los Angeles Convention Center on Sept. 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Demonstrators opposed to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad gather on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 9, 2013, as Congress returns to work from August recess. President Obama is seeking authorization from Congress for a military strike against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons in the civil war there. (Associated Press)

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Demonstrators opposed to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad gather on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 9, 2013, as Congress returns to work from August recess. President Obama is seeking authorization from Congress for a military strike against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons in the civil war there. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat: "It's my responsibility as a member of Congress to make sure we don't commit resources, the most precious of which are our men and women in uniform, with no comprehensive plan for our involvement."

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President Obama met with National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice (left) and House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Tuesday before meeting with members of Congress to discuss Syria and a proposed military strike. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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President Obama speaks to the press as National Security Adviser Susan Rice (left) and House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, look to him in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks to the press as National Security Adviser Susan Rice (left) and House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, look to him in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, flanked by House Speaker John Boehner (left), Ohio Republican, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, flanked by House Speaker John Boehner (left), Ohio Republican, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is among the Republicans who want Congress and members of the Obama administration to forgo taxpayer subsides for health insurance under Obamacare. (associated press)

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Former Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, has found a comfortable post-Congress sinecure as a guest commentator on Fox News Channel. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, takes questions from reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on Aug. 1, 2013, as Congress prepares to leave Washington for a five-week recess. (Associated Press)

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Rep. E. Scott Rigell leads a bipartisan group of 116 asking the White House to share with Congress "the burden of decisions regarding U.S. involvement" in Syria.

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With a debt-ceiling deadline looming, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew reminds Congress of its responsibility to protect "the full faith and credit" of the U.S. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, takes questions from reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on Aug. 1, 2013, as Congress prepares to leave Washington for a five-week recess. (Associated Press)

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Congress still has questions for Lisa P. Jackson, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, who is under investigation for suspected violations of federal sunshine laws after she apparently used private email accounts to conduct government business. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, takes questions from reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on Aug. 1, 2013, as Congress prepares to leave Washington for a five-week recess. (Associated Press)