In the midst of the Congressional recess, the election season is in full swing, and energy issues continue to make headlines.

When Congress does return from the August recess and political conventions September 10, both chambers will consider a six month continuing resolution to keep the government funded at fiscal year 2012 levels since none of the fiscal year 2013 appropriations measures have been finalized. During their short September session, the Senate is also likely to consider a veteran’s jobs bill and judicial nominations, and members continue to prepare for intense negotiations on both cybersecurity and a broad tax extenders package, which are likely to continue during the lame duck session following the November elections.