Can Congress still unite in a crisis?
As Congress reconvenes after its August recess, it is sobering to consider the amount of legislative work that lies ahead in the 43 days left in the first session of the 115th Congress. Before Oct. 1 and with only a dozen legislative days scheduled for the House of Representatives in September, members must address the national debt limit, fund the federal government and reauthorize critical health care programs, including the Children's Health Insurance Program and community health centers. And all of this in the midst of the immediate need to stabilize the individual insurance marketplace.
Given the record of this Congress for the first eight months, the extraordinary level of dysfunction and disarray is deeply troubling. Republicans have attempted to run both the legislative and executive branch of government completely alone. Over these months, the relationship between President Trump and members of his party in Congress has become increasingly tense, largely as a result of the president’s personal attacks on Republican congressional leaders.
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