Welcome back, Alley readers. Here are the early headlines.
House Speaker John Boehner took to the floor Wednesday to chat with Republican lawmakers before today's Plan B, The Washington Post reports.
Meanwhile, the House is expected to pass the defense authorization bill, sending it to the president, Roll Call reports.
Senate Republicans want to cut to $24 billion a bill that provides Hurricane Sandy aid, Reuters reports.
Jay Pierson, the House GOP's long-time floor assistant, is preparing to retire, Roll Call reports.