Congress passed key budget legislation prior to departing Washington for the month-long August recess, and the President signed the bill. They are scheduled to return on September 9th. Although the budget deal represents good news, there is still opportunity for drama when Congress returns in September. By the start of FY 2020 on October 1st, Congress will need to have approved appropriations legislation that specifies the funds allocated for the various departments and functions of the federal government. Read more.