(AP) Congress' September agenda already was destined to be tense and dramatic. Now lawmakers are ending their five-week recess by plunging into an emotional debate over whether to launch a missile strike against Syria.
That will leave them even less time to meet looming deadlines on budget problems that have been building for months. Meanwhile, the once fiercely debated immigration bill has moved to Washington's back burner.
No member of Congress is in a tighter spot than House Speaker John Boehner. He risks seeing most of his Republican colleagues vote against him on several major issues.
Boehner supports bombing Syria. He wants to avoid a government shutdown and default in the budget negotiations. He also wants a new immigration law this year. All these may prove difficult.