Perhaps it is apropos that this Monday was Columbus Day, because Congress and the Administration appear to be leading us into some uncharted waters. 

The House and the Senate remain in session this week despite the Federal holiday to attempt to resolve the debt ceiling crisis and, perhaps, reopen the Federal Government.  The House returned on Monday and considered the American Indian and Alaska Native, Health, Education, and Safety Act.  The Senate is considering judicial nominations as well as a motion to proceed to consider S. 1569, which would suspend the limit on federal borrowing through Dec. 31, 2014.  The schedule for the remainder of the week is still being determined.  Because this was a scheduled recess week for both chambers and because Committee staffs have been operating at reduced staff levels for the past two weeks, there are no hearings scheduled.

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