Congress returns after Easter recess
Updated: Monday, April 8 2013, 08:48 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Congress is getting back to work Monday following a two week Easter recess.
Legislators face several key debates. Gun control, taxes and immigration are all expected to be hot topics this week as Congress gets back to work.
President Obama will head to Connecticut Monday to meet with families of the Newtown shooting and rally public support for a gun control bill which is supposed to come up for a vote this week.
But Texas Senator Ted Cruz is leading a push to filibuster the bill to kill the vote.
"Now that the cameras are off, and they're not forced to look the Newtown families in the face, now they want to make it harder, and filibuster it. We can't have - if we have a simple up, or down vote, we can get this done," said Dan Pfeiffer, White House Advisor.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and republican Senator Pat Toomey are reportedly working together on a compromise to expand background checks to include gun shows and online sales.
Even some NRA supporters appear to be onboard that solution.
"If we can make sure that there's a comprehensive check and we keep criminals from obtaining guns, in that environment, then, those checks would seem appropriate," said Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, Director of NRA National School.
Finding compromise on another piece of legislation could be even harder. Members from both parties are lining up against the president's budget proposal, which he'll send to Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Democrats are upset with the presidents' cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Republicans don't like the his push for higher taxes on the wealthy.
"There are nuggets of his budget I think are optimistic. It's overall a bad plan for the economy," said Senator Lindsey Graham.
And the so-called "Gang of Eight," a bipartisan group of senators working on immigration reform, say they could be ready to present their plan this week.