The US Congress has just five days to complete business this year. With the Senate coming off of a recess and the house set to go on a break in five days one wonders, do these people work at all?
Though Dec. 31 is still a few weeks away, congressional sources say the House plans to adjourn at the end of this week. With the Senate returning from its latest recess on Monday, that leaves just five days when both chambers are in session.
After a year in which little was accomplished even by congressional standards, the deadlines are piling up — and lawmakers are also facing a Jan. 15 deadline to pass a budget or risk another partial government shutdown. On top of that, several lawmakers, and President Obama, are rearranging their schedules to attend memorial services this coming week for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.