Session Without End, Amen

Congress sputters toward an undistinguished adjournment

The federal calendar set one deadline: the Government began a new fiscal year last Monday and needed fresh authority from Congress to continue spending money. The legislators had fixed a second deadline: they agreed to strive for adjournment Thursday so that they could go home and campaign full-time for reelection. Religion posed a third deadline: Congress decided not to legislate past sundown Friday, the beginning of Yom Kippur, in deference to its Jewish members.

So what did Congress do? Miss all three deadlines, naturally. On Monday, it renewed...

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