(CNN) - Something old and something new to watch this week: The continuing - some say languishing - health care debate, and the launch of the "Cash for Clunkers" program designed to improve the nation's fuel efficiency, not to mention Detroit's bottom line.
"Busy week," was the understatement of a top House Democratic leadership aide as he looked ahead.
Passing health care reform by the end of this week "remains our intention," said the leadership aide.
Translation: the once firm House deadline is in danger, despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi's outspoken confidence.
"When I take this bill to the floor, it will win," Pelosi told us on "State of the Union."
Just when she will take it to the floor is THE question.
Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats meet Monday in another attempt to resolve differences between liberal and conservative Democrats, and the plan is for the committee to "mark up" legislation Tuesday with an eye on committee passage later in the week.
Moderate Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee predicts Pelosi won't get her wish of House action before the August recess.