Senate Enters End-Of-Year Crunch

Senators have returned from Thanksgiving recess to face an anxiety-inducing to-do list. It includes:

  • Funding the government past December 3, or risking a shutdown
  • Raising or suspending the debt ceiling by December 15, per the Treasury Department’s calculations
  • Passing the National Defense Authorization Act by the end of the year

That’s not to mention the reconciliation package, which senators are still trying to pass before Christmas. Oh, and they’re currently scheduled to be gone on holiday recess from December 13 through the end of the year. Seems…daunting.