In his final year, the president proposes a modest agenda at home.
A bipartisan accord in the House calls for a $150 billion spending plan, including significant tax rebates. But senators may want add-ons.
Democrats and Republicans are anxious to get $300 to $1,200 in tax-rebate checks to wage earners by spring.
Democratic congressional leaders hope to have a final deal by Jan. 28.
Bernanke's testimony bolsters support for quick action from Republicans and Democrats.
The economy and education are areas where lawmakers may break partisan gridlock.
The House speaker touted Congress's domestic accomplishments, but recognized Americans' frustration at a lack of action on the Iraq war at a Monitor lunch Tuesday.