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The word in Washington is gridlock as many major issues remain unresolved

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WASHINGTON (NBC) -

It's back to work and back to gridlock for Congress this week.

Major issues remain unresolved - immigration, student loans, Presidential nominees are going nowhere fast, as Congress gets ready to take another break in three weeks.

After a week back in Washington, not much is getting done on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers can't agree on how to lower student loan rates and immigration is still up in the air. "The American people are watching for Capitol Hill to get something done[.] So far, the American people are not getting results," said Politico's Deputy Managing Editor, Rachel Smolkin.

The White House is cautiously optimistic an immigration deal will happen. "We are pleased the House recognizes that inaction is not an option," said White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney.

Democrats say it's now or never. "If it doesn't happen in this year, it's unlikely that it's going to happen in an election year," said House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

But House Speaker John Boehner is in no hurry. "I want to continue to move this process in a step-by-step common sense way," said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.

The House did pass a farm bill - but with no food stamps for the first time in 40 years.

In the Senate, top Democrat Harry Reid is threatening to keep Republicans from blocking the President 's nominees. That led to this exchange: "I am not going to respond talking about how many times he has broken his word," said Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).

"My friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the Senate ever," said Sen. Minority Leader Senator, Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

With only 15 bills passed so far, this Congress is on track to set a record for becoming the least productive ever.

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