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Paul Ryan

Congress' to-do list grows; misstep could mean govt shutdown

Congress' midsummer to-do list may take until Christmas to clear. At the top are maintaining the flow of highway funding, easing automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies, renewing tax breaks and raising the debt limit. A misstep at any of several points could trigger a partial government shutdown. "We're going to leave that fight till September, October, November, December," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters last week, referring to spending issues and raising the prospect of Christmas in the Capitol. Such a stack of unfinished business would be a time-consuming challenge in a well-oiled capital. But Washington has a case of...