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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)

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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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President Bush is applauded by Vice President Dick Cheney (left) and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Ill. while delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in 2004. (Associated Press)

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Jack N. Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute said Congress should act on bills that would end the renewable fuels standard. (The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Rep. Steve Stockman (second from right), Texas Republican, participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, Ohio Republican, for the 113th Congress in Washington on Jan. 3, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, talks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, before the start of the 113th Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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** FILE ** Then-Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai puts on his glasses during a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, performs a mock swearing-in ceremoney for Rep. Donna F. Edwards (right), Maryland Democrat, on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington as the 113th Congress began. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Ernest Hemingway stands on the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy, in this 1950 photo taken by his friend Aaron Edward Hotchner. Unpublished material by Hemingway - stories, articles, photos, letters home movies, recordings and a longer version of his last bullfight book - is being given to the Library of Congress, a gift of his friend Hotchner. (AP Photo/Library of Congress, A.E. Hotchner)

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** FILE ** Gen. Robert E. Lee (Library of Congress)