Congress enters its final full week of work before the November elections with a short slate of hearings but a long list of unfinished business.
Lawmakers are expected to vote on a 12-week budget extension by the end of the week in order to avoid a partial government shutdown that would begin on Oct. 1. The full year funding plan for fiscal 2023 is still unfinished, and serious negotiations on that plan likely won’t take place until after the election.
The House is scheduled to leave Washington, D.C. until mid-November, but the Senate’s break is only set to last one week before lawmakers return for a brief pre-election slate of work. Senate leaders have already said they’ll use floor time over that period to advance the annual defense authorization bill.
That must-pass legislation, which includes pay authorizations and spending policy items for the Defense Department, has already passed the House and is expected to be finalized before the end of December.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.