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The U.S. Congress remains in recess for two more weeks until after the November 4 mid-term elections. While the lights have been out in the Capitol, some lawmakers have been busy holding hearings on the need for additional travel restrictions due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and House and Senate leadership are beginning to sketch out the congressional calendar during the lame-duck session and into the new year.

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In 2012, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the Affordable Care Act would reduce the deficit by $109 billion between 2013 and 2022. However, a new analysis by Republican staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee finds the law is increasing, not decreasing, the deficit.

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Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of the House Committee on Small Business and a pilot, is calling on the IRS to do more to help small businesses comply with tax regulations that are part of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Graves says draft versions of Forms that will be required this year are long and complex, and are likely to be burdensome to small business owners and the tax preparers who advise them.

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The U.S. Congress may be in recess until mid-November after the elections, but lawmakers are becoming more vocal about the administration's handling of the U.S. Ebola case, and several congressional committees are holding hearings on the issue this week.

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The FBI and TSA assured lawmakers at a U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Subcommittee meeting last week that the no-fly list is capable of countering the threat posed by ISIS, particularly westerners who may have joined the cause.

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A number of trade groups in the United States, including the Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, and the International Franchise Association, have launched "More Time for Full Time," pushing Congress to change the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) definition of full time work from 30 hours to 40 hours per week.

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Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate left town late September 18 following a vote in the Senate to keep the government open and extend the Export-Import Bank's charter through June. Members of Congress have returned to their districts to campaign, with Congress in recess until after election day sometime in mid-November.

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The U.S. House of Representatives was to begin work September 19 on its energy legislation package in what could be the final energy-related legislative actions and final votes before breaking for the midterm elections.

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On the heels of President Obama's trip to Tampa, Florida, to talk with top military advisors on how to respond to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a symbolic vote on the ISIS fight in the House of Representatives brought together an unlikely alliance between House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block the TSA from lifting a cap on a ticket fee that funds security operations.

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