After trip, Congress faces huge funds challenges 

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Members of Congress have left Washington, D.C., for his or her summer time recess. There’s nothing uncommon about desirous to get out of the capital throughout the summer time warmth.

This yr, nevertheless, members of the Home and Senate might face an particularly daunting activity once they return after Labor Day: Passing a funds to fund the federal authorities earlier than Oct. 1 at a time when Congress is deeply cut up. It’s, sadly, not new for Congress to place off funds selections till the final minute. However, this yr appears particularly perilous with some members in search of deep spending cuts and a few utilizing the funds to attempt to advance social insurance policies.

Speaking (and writing) a couple of federal authorities shutdown now feels virtually a bit irresponsible. We, and others who’re speaking about the potential of a shutdown, don’t intend to unfold concern. However, given how far aside the events are on some points, and the way divided the Home Republican caucus seems to be, issues in regards to the issue of passing important spending payments in lower than a month appear effectively based.