Come September, expect more paralysis in Congress
Tired of the partisan paralysis in Washington? Well, get used to it. The same extremist forces that brought our country to the brink of a historic default are going to get a few more chances before this year is over to show how dysfunctional our political system has become.
This week, Congress goes on vacation, a welcome reprieve for many Americans from the day-to-day wrangling and partisan talking points. But Congress resumes September 6 with less than a month to agree on appropriations for every government agency to avoid a government shutdown (remember that from just this spring?). Even if they agree on a resolution to maintain current funding levels until after the new debt commission "supercommittee" reports in late November, that sets up another shutdown showdown early next year.
The new 12-member supercommittee is mandated to propose legislation by November 23 to cut the debt by more than $1.2 trillion. Even if they succeed, which is highly doubtful, both houses of Congress would then continue to debate the recommendations, with a goal of voting before Christmas.