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Congressional recess leaves budget deal, immigration and gun control on the table

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Looking around the Capitol on this President's Day holiday you wouldn't guess lawmakers have less than two weeks to avoid $85 billion in automatic spending cuts.

The streets are bare, there's little foot traffic and the doors to Congressional offices are locked.

"It is quite concerning that they are not here," says tourist Julie Johnson.

Voters aren't happy lawmakers are spending the entire week in their districts.

They'll return with just four days to agree on an alternative plan to cut the nation's debt.

Strategists on both sides say lawmakers are working toward a deal, even while they're away.

Lawmakers are also considering steps toward gun control and immigration reform.

A bipartisan group of senators is drafting a plan to tighten border security and create a path toward citizenship, but over the weekend the White House leaked a controversial back-up the president will push if lawmakers fail.

Also in limbo is Senator Chuck Hagel's confirmation as Defense Secretary.

Republicans blocked a vote last week.

Now the GOP is indicating they'll allow a vote next week when lawmakers get back from recess.

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