Congress breaks for August with no clear path to keep away from fall shutdown

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers broke for his or her August recess final week with work on funding the federal government largely incomplete, fueling worries about whether or not Congress will be capable to keep away from a partial authorities shutdown this fall.

Congress has till Oct. 1, the beginning of the brand new fiscal 12 months, to behave on authorities funding. They might cross spending payments to fund authorities companies into subsequent 12 months, or just cross a stopgap measure that retains companies operating till they strike a longer-term settlement. Regardless of which route they take, it gained’t be straightforward.

“We’re going to scare the hell out of the American individuals earlier than we get this achieved,” stated Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware.