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Politics

Congress departs Washington to hit campaign trail

Leaves key bills until next session

WASHINGTON — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory is bolting Washington for the campaign trail, leaving a pile of unfinished business on the budget and taxes, farm policy, and legislation to save the Postal Service from insolvency.

The GOP-controlled House beat its retreat Friday morning after one last, futile slap at President Obama — passing a bill entitled the Stop the War on Coal Act. The measure, dead on arrival with Obama and the Senate, would block the government from policing greenhouse gas emissions and would give states regulatory control over the disposal of harmful coal byproducts.

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