WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Congress returned to Washington, D.C., on
Sept. 10 for an abbreviated session and is likely to do the bare minimum:
making sure the federal government doesn’t shutdown. Congress has scheduled only about five to six work
days in Washington between now and the elections. Many members will be spending most of their
time at home campaigning for re-election. So what can we expect? Will
Congress accomplish anything in these last days?
most important bill will be passage of a temporary spending bill called a
continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government at close to current
levels from the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1 through March 27. It is up for consideration in the House Rules
Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 12 and in the full House at the end of the week. The Senate would most likely consider the CR
the following week.
is expected the bill will be a clean bill that only extends the funding
period. It appears the CR will pass and
the government will forego a shutdown. The CR is needed because none of the regular appropriations bills for
the upcoming fiscal year have been enacted. Passage of the CR would eliminate the threat that arose several times
last year in budgetary showdowns. The
bill essentially misses the core Constitutional responsibility of Congress to
complete tis annual appropriations and budget work.
will also be many non-controversial bills passed by the House and Senate under
suspension of the rules and unanimous consent, but few will make it to the President for his signature. The MRAA does not expect any
bills that would directly impact marine retailers in the last days of this
Congress before the election.