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As Congress worked toward the August recess, there were these actions Friday:

Climate summit: President Bush on Friday formally invited top officials from leading economic powers to take part in a climate change summit Sept. 27-28. The aim of the summit is to establish voluntary goals for lowering greenhouse gas emissions while sustaining growth.

Antiterror bill: President Bush signed legislation that intensifies the antiterrorism effort at home, shifting money to high-risk states and cities and expanding scrutiny of air and sea cargo.

Government bonuses: Three senators called for an investigation into bonuses received by top federal officials in the Senior Executive Service. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said the bonuses are supposed to be for high-performing employees. More than two-thirds of those eligible got awards averaging $13,292 in fiscal year 2006.

Energy: Scheduled debate and votes on a bill to encourage use of renewable energy sources and promote energy independence were put off until today.

Joint Chiefs: The Senate confirmed Adm. Michael Mullen to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.