Priorities

*The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve took steps Sunday to make as much as $300 billion available to the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

*Oil prices crept back up near $145 a barrel Monday.

*The average price of regular gasoline at self-serve stations was $4.11 a gallon on Friday, 1.5 cents a gallon more than three weeks ago.

*With fuel oil costs nearing the $5 per gallon mark, homeowners are worried about next winter's heating bills.

*A bill by S

*The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve took steps Sunday to make as much as $300 billion available to the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

*Oil prices crept back up near $145 a barrel Monday.

*The average price of regular gasoline at self-serve stations was $4.11 a gallon on Friday, 1.5 cents a gallon more than three weeks ago.

*With fuel oil costs nearing the $5 per gallon mark, homeowners are worried about next winter's heating bills.

*A bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders would add $2.53 billion to the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

*The Department of Energy calculates that heating and cooling account for nearly half the energy used in a typical home.

*"This country is struggling with emergency situations from floods in the Midwest to wildfires in California, but there is another emergency which must be dealt with now when millions of Americans are finding it harder and harder to stay warm in the winter or cool in the summer," Senator Bernie Sanders said.

To read more about Sanders' Warm in Winter and Cool in Summer Act, click here.