What to Expect as Congress Heads Back to Washington

Members of Congress returned to Washington yesterday after a month long August recess and there is a long agenda on the docket, but their first priority will be to pass a budget bill that will fund the government for fiscal year 2018. If they do not pass a budget bill by September 30, the federal government will shut down on October 1. It is likely that if they cannot come to an agreement on the 2018 fiscal year budget, they will do as they’ve done in previous years and pass a bill, known as a continuing resolution, which funds the government through December, at which point they would have to start the budget agreement process all over again. But many GOP lawmakers are looking to rebound from their failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by racking up legislative wins this fall. Since Republicans have control of both the Congress and the White House, they are expected to try to move forward on initiatives they have long touted as priorities. However, it is almost guaranteed that they will also have to take a vote on raising the debt ceiling in order to fund some of these initiatives, a […]

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