The September Issues: Congress still has some work to do before the midterms

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“The fall congressional session right before elections is often a sleepy time, but not always. The financial crisis bank bailout passed on October 3, 2008, and the Iraq war authorization passed October 16, 2002. Democrats could take advantage of what could be a final opportunity with full governing power to add to their record and improve the country. Will circumstances converge on some consequential lawmaking in this pre-election period? The first possibility won’t necessarily be seen by progressives as an improvement. When Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin reached agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act, they committed to a side deal deregulating the permitting process for environmentally sensitive projects. A leaked draft of this bill literally had the watermark of the American Petroleum Institute, to give you a sense of who it might favor.” (09/06/22)