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With the end of August recess, Members of Congress have returned for three weeks. Officially, there are 13 legislative days before the next recess period, although the Senate will meet for 15 days this month. Year to date, U.S. Senators have introduced 2,442 bills and taken 252 roll call votes, 16 of which have become law. In the lower chamber, U.S. Representatives have introduced 4,214 bills, taken 514 votes and enacted 40 of those into law. With issues such as the economy, trade wars, the Democratic Presidential Campaign, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), gun violence and natural disasters drawing attention away from legislative issues, it will be difficult to predict what business will be finished in the next three weeks.
The deadline every year to fund the federal government is September 30, so Congress will need to agree on either a short- or a long-term solution before the next recess. There are also 10 other legislative items that expire on the same date. Congress will also need to pass a defense authorization bill, which they have done every year since 1961. Lawmakers also should consider the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization and two dozen tax breaks or “tax extenders” that expired at the start of 2018.
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