The Senate was in session on Sunday—a rare occurrence—to consider reforming NSA surveillance programs before provisions of the PATRIOT Act expire at midnight. The House returns Monday to consider American fishing, modernizing the Toxic Substance Control Act, several land bills and appropriations.

Congress is in recess this week, but the Senate will return early to consider NSA data collection. Last week, the Senate passed “fast track” trade authority, which now goes to the House. Also, a look at bills related to veterans in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is the only day in which flags are flown at half-staff for only part of the day -- to both honor the sacrifices of those who gave their lives and to inspire those who continue in their stead. 

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On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

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Thinking about a road trip this summer? The Highway Trust Fund is set to expire, jeopardizing funding for highway infrastructure. The House is also considering veterans legislation and bills related to innovation. Meanwhile, the Senate is working on “fast-track” trade authority. Share your voice!

The debate over an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) began three years after women received the right to vote. Last week, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced resolutions that would rejuvenate efforts to ratify an ERA to the US Constitution." Share your voice on POPVOX!

The House will consider the Obama Administration’s reforms of the Clean Water Act, funding for national defense programs, reforming NSA bulk data collection and an abortion ban. The Senate will consider “fast track” trade authority and Americans held in Iran. Also, a look at WWII bills on V-E Day.

The House is in recess this week, but the Senate will continue to work on a bill that would require that an Iran nuclear deal be reviewed by Congress. Also, weigh in on horse legislation--and new bills on law enforcement accountability and video recording of officers.

It’s Appropriations Season! The House will work on two appropriations bills, to provide funding for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and also Energy and Water Development. The Senate will continue considering a bill that would require Congressional review of the Iran Nuclear deal.

Today marks the centennial of the Meds Yeghern, the first mass atrocity of the 20th Century. Beginning in 1915, Armenians of the Ottoman Empire were deported and massacred. Some in Congress are calling on President Obama to officially recognize it as a "genocide." Share your voice on POPVOX.

Today is April 20, known as 420 Day, which is now well-referenced in popular culture as referring to marijuana. Four states and the District of Columbia have passed recreational marijuana legislation. Here's a look at pending legislation in Congress. Share your voice on POPVOX!

This week, Congress will consider Trade Promotion Authority, which would "fast track" trade deals. The Senate will vote on requiring Congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran, and the House will consider how companies share cybersecurity information with the government.

4/15: Today marks the first 100 days of the 114th Congress. Here's a recap, some fun facts -- and a closer look at the 50 most active bills among POPVOX users. How many of the 3,125 bills in these 100 days introduced have you weighed in on?