According to press reports, Congress has likely avoided a crisis for now. The surprise resignation last week of House Speaker John Boehner is widely read as a signal that a spending bill will pass without controversial provisions such as defunding Planned Parenthood. The Senate is expected to hold a key procedural vote Monday evening on a “clean” bill that would fund the government through December 11. Final Senate passage of the spending bill, expected by Tuesday night, would be quickly followed by the House vote. However, the specter of a shutdown will likely be revisited in December, when lawmakers must agree on another funding bill and disagreements over raising the current caps for domestic spending come to the forefront.