After a three-day shutdown, Congress voted to reopen the government– for now. Lawmakers passed another short-term spending bill, giving itself a three-week extension to fund the federal government and set spending amounts for the next fiscal year.
But agreeing on a longer-term funding bill is not lawmakers’ only task in the weeks ahead. They face a complex web of difficult, hot-button issues, and a very limited calendar in which to get them done. Due to a House recess and political party retreats, the House and Senate will be in Washington together for just six days over the next three weeks. This is their to-do list in that time.