Returning last week after a five-week August recess, and with the onset of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2013, Congress will focus its attention on funding for FY 2014, as the current continuing resolution (Public Law 113-6) expires on September 30, 2013. House leadership efforts to move a continuing resolution (CR) last week (H J Res 59) to continue funding the government at FY 2013 post-sequester levels along with a separate bill to defund the President’s health care reform bill, were not considered. This came after objections from conservative members of the GOP caucus regarding the Senate’s ability to eliminate the health care defunding provisions and send the CR to the President for his signature. House leadership is currently considering other avenues to pass a continuing resolution, and could bring one up this week, before departing for a one-week district work period. The House will then return on September 30, 2013.