Congress has gone home for its five-week August recess after a tumultuous week in which spending bills stalled in both chambers. House Republican leaders unexpectedly pulled the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (THUD) (H.R. 2610) from House floor consideration, suggesting a Republican divide regarding looming budget issues. This action, along with the Senate’s vote against cloture for its version of THUD (S. 1243), effectively foreclosed the possibility of passing individual fiscal 2014 appropriations measures. With the onset of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2013, Members, upon their return in September, will confront a number of fiscal related measures including funding for the new fiscal year, as the current continuing resolution (Public Law 113-6) expires on September 30, 2013, and increasing the debt ceiling. A number of senior Republicans voiced support for a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would last for about two months which would push fiscal talks into November and bolster GOP efforts to tie FY 2014 spending and other hot-button issues to a debt limit increase. Democratic aides called instead for a long-term CR (lasting approximately six months, according to early reports). The White House and congressional Democrats have called for a “clean” debt limit increase and aim to deal separately with the CR, a sequester fix and tax reform.