WASHINGTON (CNN) - Action on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives resumed Friday afternoon after nearly four hours of procedural wrangling between Democrats and Republicans stopped work on outstanding legislation just before the congressional August recess.
While no formal resolution of the dispute between Republicans and Democrats was reached, senior aides in both parties acknowledge that a heavy schedule and desire to leave for the traditional recess were the main factors in reconvening.
A bill providing $250 million in emergency funds to recover from the bridge collapse in Minneapolis will be the first bill up for a vote on Friday. The Department of Defense appropriations bill is expected to pass Friday night, and time has also been set aside to debate a new intelligence bill, if an agreement on that legislation can be reached between congressional Democrats and the Bush administration.
The energy bill is expected to be debated in the House on Saturday. If that bill is approved, the House will recess for August.
House Democrats acknowledge that their timetable is shaky because they expect that many of their Republican counterparts are still upset about a disputed vote tally Thursday night.
–CNN Congressional Producer Evan Glass