It is hard to believe that Congress will be out of Washington for the next seven weeks. I’m not used to breaks of this kind occurring during a legislative schedule.
Throughout the break, I hope to keep a regular schedule working with Congressional staffers on our Community Action priorities. However, I am discovering that many staff members are taking leaves of absence, oftentimes to work on campaigns. Even those that have not taken leaves seem to be more focused on the election than legislative activity.
As a whole, many in Washington are holding their collective breaths, anxiously awaiting the results of the midterms. For us, this means that legislative decisions we might need from some members in October will realistically be delayed until November or even December. Unfortunately, it looks like many of the critical meetings I am working towards will be pushed back until Congress returns as well.