After a five-week recess and then just eight days back on the job lawmakers are again hightailing it out of Washington until after the election. And this time they've left a pile of unfinished business, most pressing of which is the fiscal cliff.
That includes the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts and the $1.2 trillion dollar spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just 104 days.
But Congress doesn't seem to be too concerned because there's apparently some backdoor wheeling and dealing going on in those hallowed halls.
OutFront tonight: Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash is OutFront.