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Congress Ready to Wrap up, Focus on Nov. 8

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By    |   Monday, 19 Sep 2016 11:28 AM

With elections around the corner, lawmakers are eager to wrap this week with just one agenda item on their mind -- approving a stopgap spending bill by the end of the week, according to Politico.

"I'm glad there wasn't [drama]," Politico quoted Sen. John Thune as saying. "I think right now everybody is focused on Nov. 8 and any consequential legislative action probably doesn't take place until after that."

To keep the government going and funded until early December, the Senate has come up with a key procedural vote Monday, The New York Times reported.

Officials toiled over the weekend to put the proposal in place that would satisfy both sides, the report said.

This will allow senators an opportunity to comfortably return home to campaign for control of the Senate next year.

This session of the Senate saw interesting scenes unfold from Planned Parenthood language to Zika funding, disaster relief for flooded Louisiana to internet domain oversight.

The funding bill is considered a loss for House Republican hard-liners, who have been trying hard to push it into early next year so that a new Congress would have to deal with the issue.

But even House conservatives seem unhappy to a continuing resolution (CR) that is limited to December.

"For people who think that a short-term CR is better than a long-term CR, it just doesn't make much sense to me," Rep. Bill Flores, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee told Politico. "But because Senate Republicans have caved, really the only likely path forward is a short-term CR."

A last-minute drama is also on the cards. Outgoing Rep. Tim Huelskamp has threatened to force a vote to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen this week, despite Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan's and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte's decision to postpone the vote until after the election.

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With elections round the corner, lawmakers are eager to wrap this week with just one agenda item on their mind -- approving a stopgap spending bill by the end of the week, according to Politico. "I'm glad there wasn't [drama]," Politico quoted Sen. John Thune as saying. "I...
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