Some say the 113th Congress is on track to become the least productive in history. Their approval rating with Americans is only at 17-percent.
Lawmakers are currently on a five-week summer recess, with a lot of work on their plate when they return.
The House and Senate have yet to reconcile their respective budget bills for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1st. That means the threat of a government shutdown is once again a real possibility. Michigan 6th District Congressman, republican Fred Upton, says he expects to reach an agreement before that happens.
“I think we’ll get a 30 day extension. We’ll avoid – we better avoid – a shutdown,” he says. “We can’t have that. The discussions have started, and we’ll get these things behind us to finish up the year.”
Congress must also reach some sort of agreement on the farm bill. Both the House and Senate have passed differing versions, and they’re now beginning discussions on a compromise bill.
“I believe we will not have an extension, but we’ll actually get it resolved,” Upton says.
He expects bipartisan agreement, though he says it might not come until early October.