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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. John Larsen, D-Conn., are surrounded by staff and security as they walk down a hallway on their way to news conference about creating jobs, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fights large and small await Congress as it gets back to business, with jobs and budget cuts topping a contentious agenda that also includes a lengthy roster of lower-profile but must-do items that also are potential victims of partisan gridlock.

President Barack Obama is to unveil his jobs agenda in a nationally televised address Thursday night, but early glimpses of the package show it relies heavily on extending expiring programs.

 

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