Congress is preparing to do what it does best: punt.
In a spending deal reached this past week, lawmakers agreed to postpone fights over funding President Trump’s border wall and reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) until after the November midterm elections.
But there are still a host of federal programs slated to expire on September 30, meaning lawmakers may need to pass additional stopgap measures if they can’t find a way forward.
Among the unresolved issues is whether to overhaul food stamps in the farm bill and whether to include trucking provisions in a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Further complicating matters is the fact that there are just nine legislative days before the new fiscal year begins on October 1. That’s putting the squeeze on both chambers, and lawmakers are starting to point fingers across the Capitol.
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