WASHINGTON (AP) — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory has skipped out of Washington for the campaign trail.
The Senate shuttered the Capitol soon after sending President Barak Obama stopgap spending legislation ensuring the government won't shut down on Oct. 1. It passed in a post-midnight 62-30 vote.
Left behind for a postelection session is a pile of unfinished business on the budget and taxes, farm policy and legislation to save the Postal Service from insolvency.
The GOP-controlled House beat its retreat earlier after one last, futile slap at Obama — passing a bill entitled the "Stop the War on Coal Act." The measure, dead on arrival in the Senate, was aimed at boosting the coal industry while hurting Obama's political prospects in coal states like Ohio and Virginia.