Budget and Appropriations: Congressional Action Pending on Federal Spending Plan

As the deadline nears for action on a federal spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, Congress will have a shortened work week due to the recess for Yom Kippur and the address by Pope Francis to the joint meeting of Congress. Congress must pass legislation in advance of October 1, 2015 to keep the federal government funded. The House and Senate leadership are discussing strategies to avoid a government shutdown which is complicated by the efforts to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

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