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Congress returns to work, with crushing deadlines on debt ceiling, Harvey funding

Congress returns to work, with crushing deadlines on debt ceiling, Harvey funding

For all the talk of change in Washington, lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week in a familiar position: up against a series of difficult deadlines to keep the government open and raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

But, for once, that effort may be taking on an unusual air of bipartisanship.

As they return to the nation's capital Tuesday from the monthlong summer recess, members of Congress have only weeks to fund the federal government, raise the debt ceiling, and reauthorize a health insurance program that benefits thousands of Maryland children. All of those issues have led to fierce political brawls in the past.

But Congress’ otherwise staggering September to-do...

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