Congress Struggles to Meet Looming Deadlines

Congress Struggles to Meet Looming Deadlines

One of the most accurate things you can say about Congress last week and this current week is that things are fluid.

As we reported last week, the Democratic majority is fighting among themselves over what they want included in legislation and the procedures they should use if they can reach agreement on what’s included.  Because of the disagreements, President Biden met with many Democratic Congressional leaders last week, hoping to get them to compromise so that his legislative agenda can get passed.

In addition to that, Congress has until midnight this Thursday to pass some kind of legislation to fund the government or it will shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.  And they have been warned that they may only have until October 15 to raise the debt ceiling or the U.S. will default on payment of its loans.

Because of all this one of the key committees in the House of Representatives held an unusual meeting on Saturday in order to try and move things along.  In addition, Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)) has warned that the House may have to work more days in October than are currently scheduled.