By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
(CNN) – Take a look at the Congressional calendar and it shows lawmakers plan to be in Washington about 30 full days in the next five months. And during those weeks of work, lawmakers face massive policy battles, including a September 30 deadline to keep the federal government funded. (One of several deadlines leading up to the looming “Fiscal Cliff.")
But in a time where more politicians are throwing knives than olive branches, what could possibly motivate Congress to come up with agreements to big policy deals?
“What if they stopped getting paid October 1st… if they hadn’t gotten the entire budget done?” asks Bill Galston, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank. FULL POST