Congress enters its final full week of work ahead of the November election, with short hearings and a long list of unfinished business.
Lawmakers are expected to vote by the end of the week on a 12-week extension to the budget to avoid a partial government shutdown that will begin on Oct. 18. 1. The full-year funding plan for fiscal 2023 is still pending, and serious negotiations on the plan may not take place until after the election.
The House of Representatives plans to leave Washington, D.C., by mid-November, but the Senate’s break will only last a week before lawmakers return for a brief pre-election job. Senate leaders have said they will use their speaking time during this period to advance the annual national defense authorization bill.
The must-pass legislation, including the Department of Defense’s Pay Authorization and Spending Policy Program, has passed the House of Representatives and is expected to be completed by the end of December.
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