After failing to accomplish their top priority to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans left Washington in August defeated and demoralized. But rather than returning refreshed, members will come back on Tuesday with the resolve only to react.
Lawmakers are now staring at a dizzying array of deadlines with little time to meet them. They must pass a bill to keep the government running, raise the debt limit, and extend some expiring programs by the end of September. They also will send billions of dollars in federal aid to repair Texas and Louisiana after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.