Today Congress heads home for more than a month but leave behind a mountain of unfinished business. Over the past several months Congress has approved almost no new laws and barely kept the basic functions of government going.

Immigrations reform, which passed the Senate, still sits basically untouched in the House. While there are real excuses for failing to move forward on a major and complex new reform, the House Republicans have also failed to deal with even the most routine matters.

Most significantly the House had multiple appropriations bills that have fallen apart or faced major hurdles. House Republicans are struggling to even agree among themselves, so they haven’t even started the real work of trying to find a compromise with Senate Democrats.

This means once Congress comes back they will immediately need to turn to the issue of keeping the government funded. The current continuing resolution ends September 30, just three weeks after Congress gets back.  A new one will likely be the all consuming focus of Washington and there is a real chance even this bare minimum level of work will not get done in time. The possibility that any other issue will be dealt with in the near future remains very remote.

Today Congress heads home for more than a month but leaves behind a mountain of unfinished business. Over the past several months Congress has approved almost no new laws and barely kept the basic functions of government going.

Immigration reform, which passed the Senate, still sits basically untouched in the House. While there are real excuses for failing to move forward on a major and complex new reform, the House Republicans have also failed to deal with even the most routine matters.

Most significantly the House had multiple appropriations bills that have fallen apart or faced major hurdles. House Republicans are struggling to even agree among themselves, so they haven’t even started the real work of trying to find a compromise with Senate Democrats.

This means once Congress comes back they will immediately need to turn to the issue of keeping the government funded. The current continuing resolution ends September 30, just three weeks after Congress gets back.  A new one will likely be the all consuming focus of Washington and there is a real chance even this bare minimum level of work will not get done in time. The possibility that any other issue will be dealt with in the near future remains very remote.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com