Budget Matters Blog - Where Are We Now – Budget Prospects Look Dim
With the end of the current fiscal year rapidly approaching, what many Washington watchers have long predicted appears to be true – Congress will not act on next year’s budget by the Oct. 1 deadline.
“But wait,” you’re saying, “October is a long way from now. How can you be sure?”
The numbers tell the story.
If you look at the congressional calendar you can find out when the House or Senate plan to be in session, known as “legislative days.” These are days on which official business happens. Legislative days can be added at any time, but here's what we know right now:
Congress is about to go on its Fourth of July break. When lawmakers return, the Senate will have just 35 legislative days left before Oct. 1. The House will have only 24 days.