** FILE ** In this Jan. 27, 2010, file photo, the sun sets prior to the anticipated State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama to a joint session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Congress returns to work this coming week, scorned by the nation it was elected to help lead. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
President Obama greets Hector Sealey (center), safety director for Ft. Myer Construction Corporation, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (right) after speaking at the White House on Aug. 31, 2011, to urge Congress to pass a federal highway bill. (Associated Press)
White House press secretary Jay Carney responds during a press briefing at the White House on Sept. 1, 2011, to questions about the flap over the timing of President Obama's address to Congress next week. (Associated Press)
Mr. Obama speaks at Johnson Controls Inc. in Holland, Mich., earlier Thursday, saying S&P's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating could have been avoided if Congress weren't "dysfunctional." (Associated Press)
STATE OF ECONOMY: "This is something we can do immediately, something we can do as soon as Congress gets back," President Obama says while seeking to inject a glimmer of hope into a gloomy economic picture. (Associated Press)
Adm. Mike Mullen (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned against further spending cuts for the military beyond the $350 million to $400 million already agreed by Congress and President Obama this week. “I think anything beyond that would damage our national defense," Mr. Panetta said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, shakes hands with India's Congress party President Sonia Gandhi before a meeting at Gandhi's residence in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court in Washington on July 13, 2011, after a day of his trial on charges of lying to Congress in 2008 about using performance-enhancing drugs. (Associated Press)
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court on July 12, 2011, in Washington after a day of his trial on charges of lying to Congress in 2008 about using performance-enhancing drugs. (Associated Press)
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2011, during jury selection in his trial on charges of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Rep. Anthony D. Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, arrive at their home in the New York borough of Queens on Thursday, June 16, 2011, before he left for a press conference to announce his resignation from Congress. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
"At a time when Congress is single-mindedly focused on our federal debt, how can we blindly maintain policies that foot the bill for students to attend schools that have proven to be such a bad investment?” said Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat and chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
** FILE ** Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat, and his wife, Huma Abedin, who is an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are pictured after the ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Rep. Dave Camp, House Ways and Means Committee chairman, said Tuesday the House vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling "sends a clear and critical message that the Congress has finally recognized we must immediately begin to rein in America's affection for deficit spending." (Associated Press)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closing remarks are seen as he finishes an address to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets people on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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