Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.
Only two weeks remain before lawmakers' annual August break. Progress is mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill partisanship, heightened by midterm elections and the Obama administration's conflicting signals to Congress.
Lawmakers must find about $10 billion to keep highway projects on track through next spring and ease long wait times for veterans seeking health care. They also must deal with a humanitarian crisis of some 57,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the U.S. since last fall.
Also looming large is legislation to keep the government operating.