60 Day Payroll/UI Clock Ticks… Congress Has January Off

Even though — after much drama — there was a 60 day extension agreed to regarding the payroll tax and unemployment benefits, Congress doesn’t come back into session until January 17.  The entire month of January is basically a vacation month for Congress.  There are two week of GOP and Dem “retreats.”  The State of the Union is on January 24th.  Effectively the House does not return in full force until January.  Who creates the House schedule? Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Who creates the Senate schedule? Majority Leader Harry Reid.