The Senate was returning in the hopes the House would pass a Sandy bill, which could leave the upper chamber with little else to do but critique BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE's decision.

The House starts at 10 a.m. for speeches, and noon for legislative work, although no legislation is schedule for the floor.

The Senate meets at noon for speeches, but also has no firm plans for the day.