WASHINGTON (September 7, 2013)--Congress returns to work Monday to take a momentous vote on whether the United States should attack Syria, an issue that overshadows an already crowded and contentious fall agenda.
Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill Monday after a five-week break, and many of them stand as a major obstacle to President Barack Obama's promise of strikes against Syria.
Mr. Obama insists the world must act, blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people, killing 1,429 civilians, including 426 children.
The Syrian government has denied responsibility.
Even before Syria, Congress faced a busy and difficult fall with fights looming over a stop-gap spending bill and an increase in the government's debt limit to avert a market-rattling default.
A farm bill, a defense policy measure and potential limits on government surveillance programs remain unfinished.