There are 12 days left after their 5 September return from vacation, driven by the Obamacare requirement for health plan providers to commit by 17 September to selling their health plans for the next year or withdrawing, for Congress to pass a potful of legislation.
Two proposals regarding Obamacare are in the offing. One would shore up the funds transfer of Federal dollars to those providers who are losing money in ObamaMart, and the other instead would send that money as grants to the States to help them generate their own health coverage plan programs. This one also would eliminate the Individual Mandate.
Also looming is the debt funding deadline that necessitates raising the debt ceiling to pay currently committed-to bills.
Also: an immigration bill that rationalizes our immigration policy is in conference. It severely restricts green card issuance (which is foolish IMNSHO), but it has the beneficial effect of that rationalization.
Also: an infrastructure restoral bill is under construction.
Also: bills to withdraw counterproductive, if not outright mendacious, Federal rules and rulings in the EPA, DoEd, Labor, etc that were intended to destroy whole industries (can you say, “coal,” boys and girls?), cancel rule of law on campuses, much too excessively favor unions over management (NLRB), and on and on.
Twelve days of Christmas? Or is the Grinch coming? [/snark] Not all of those necessaries have that 12-day deadline, but all of them need to be done quickly, since Congressmen—of both parties and in both houses of Congress—are too (how to put this delicately) chicken to do anything substantive in an election year. Even were they around in DC doing their jobs instead of hiding out on their various campaign trails.