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Here are all the things Congress didn't get done and probably won't

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Here are all the things Congress didn't get done and probably won't

Congress is returning to Washington fresh off a seven-week recess with quite the to-do list. Here's a look at a few of the issues they need to tackle before their next break in October. 

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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito, known to be a carrier of the Zika virus, acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute of Sao Paulo University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The World Health Organization said Friday Sept. 2, 2016, that the outbreak of Zika remains an international health emergency and noted the virus is continuing to infect new countries. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Funding For Zika

In February, President Obama sent Congress a $1.9 billion emergency funding request to fight the mosquito-borne illness. 

House Republicans inserted several provisions into the Zika bill that Senate Democrats couldn't stomach. Among them, reduced funding for Planned Parenthood and defunding parts of the Affordable Care Act.

In the meantime, the White House has relied on funds from other programs, including leftover Ebola funding. 


Spending Bills 

Congress has until September 30 deadline to pass a series of spending bills needed to keep the government up and running. 

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid warned his party would block any temporary federal spending bill that extends beyond December. 

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FILE- In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court meets with Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was scheduled to meet Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, but a guest editorial he wrote for the Deseret News mistakenly posted early shows he had already made up his mind. In a column that briefly appeared Thursday morning on the newspaper's website, Hatch wrote that his meeting with Garland didn't change his "conviction" that the Senate should wait until after the presidential election to consider Supreme Court nominees. The column has since been taken down. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Merrick Garland 

It's been nearly six months since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley recently suggested he'd be open to holding a confirmation hearing for Garland during Congress' lame-duck session if Hillary Clinton wins. He later said he'd been misunderstood.

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