Capitol Hill promises to be fairly quiet for the next two months. Last week, lawmakers passed a $1.01 trillion continuing resolution to temporarily avoid a repeat of last October’s government shutdown by funding agencies at their current spending levels through Dec. 11. Following that, members of the House and Senate left Washington earlier than scheduled to get a head start on the final stretch of campaigning before the midterm elections.
Congress is scheduled to return the week following the November 4 elections.
While a fall recess for campaigning is typical, the extra time will mean that members of Congress will have been outside Washington for 12 weeks from late July through mid-November – a five week August break plus the coming seven week break – compared to just eight days in session earlier this month.
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