Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Congress to Address Large Set of Issues After Recess

Drew Thies

The House and Senate are set to return to legislative work next week and both chambers face a large slate of pressing issues to address before the November election.

Facing a looming recess earlier this summer, Congress punted on legislation dealing with everything from fighting the Zika virus, to addressing opioid abuse, to funding medical research. Now, back from the annual August break, lawmakers face an additional October 1st deadline to appropriate government funding as well as any promises they may have made to voters back in their hometowns.
Many are in the dark about how leadership plans to tackle these issues when Members of Congress return to Washington after the Labor Day holiday next week. 

A recent calendar memo published by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., opted to focus on bills the House has already acted on, failing to outline a path to address the important October deadline or growing concerns surrounding the spread of Zika.

Both chambers are only in session for four weeks before again leaving Washington to hit the campaign trail for the month of October. September will be the last month lawmakers have before the election to wrap up old business.

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