How should Congress spend its summer vacation?

Posted Aug. 03, 2009, at 2:36 p.m.

Members of Congress will soon be home for their summer recess. What are they going to hear from voters? Should they approve a health care overhaul? What should it include? A public option? Should they raise taxes to pay for it?

Should the Senate approve a cap-and-trade system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Will this further stall the U.S. economy? Should consumers and businesses be willing to pay a little more to try to avert what many scientist predict will be an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable climate? Should the U.S. reduce emissions if other countries won’t?

What about the economy? Are more regulations necessary? More bailouts? What can Congress do to reduce the deficit?