Congressional activity slowed in the month of August with both the House and Senate taking a recess, although the Senate recess was shortened to one week.  Key legislative issues, including the FY 2019 appropriations bills, must be dealt with this month, but the upcoming mid-term elections will be the primary focus in Washington this fall with the possibility that Republicans could lose the majority in one or both chambers.  The House returned to work after Labor Day and is scheduled to work for 11 legislative days in September and two weeks in October before adjourning to return home for the mid-term elections.  The Senate is scheduled to be in session for most of October, which keeps incumbents off the campaign trail.

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