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Jul 12, 2010 9:08 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Lawmakers head back to work after July 4 break

Congress gets back to work today after the Fourth of July break and the White House hopes the Senate can move quickly on a top legislative priority -- the financial overhaul.

As senators began their weeklong break, Democrats left town without the 60 votes needed to push through the Wall Street reform package. But they may have won over several lawmakers who had problems with the measure, including a handful of Republicans.

Democrats appear poised to move the bill forward, even though the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd hasn't been filled.

Another top priority for Democrats is extending benefits for the long term unemployed whose payments have run out.

There's also the bill to pay for the war in Iraq as well as the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

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