Is Congress capable of doing anything right?
It’s a question worth asking as Democrats and Republicans threaten for the third time this year to shut down the federal government. Americans faced the same prospect during spring budget talks and the summer debt ceiling debate. Now it’s happening over what was expected to be passage of a routine bill to fund Washington through mid-November while replenishing disaster relief funds.
Friday is the latest deadline to avoid a partial shutdown. The Federal Emergency Management Agency — tasked with helping states hit hard by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and a series of recent wildfires and tornadoes — will likely run out of money even sooner.
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