Congress leaves Washington for campaign trail

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The Senate finished work on the spending bill or Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded for the next six months and left town with their House of Representative counterparts until after the November election. This was the earliest pre-election adjournment since 1960 and is a testament to the close Presidential election and the hard-fought battle between Republicans and Democrats for control of the House and Senate.
Both Senators and House members punted on many important pieces of legislation and they took no action that would prevent the so-called “fiscal cliff” on January 2, when numerous tax cuts will effectively go away and when both defense and non-defense spending will be hit with automatic cuts of about 8.5 percent. Much depends upon a productive post-election or “lame duck” congressional session after November 6th, but it remains to be seen if collaborative action will replace the legislative stalemate that has been the hallmark of the current Congress.
In the meantime, global health programs including PEPFAR, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will continue to be funded at current levels with a marginal .06 percent increase according to the terms of the funding bill..

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