Congress staring down deadlines on debt ceiling, children's healthcare and defense

September is crunch time for Congress, which has punted on a slew of critical legislation now set to expire by the end of the month.

Lawmakers return from the summer recess on Sept. 5 and will get right to work on a massive government spending bill, now complicated by the sudden need for a significant infusion of federal funds to help Houston recover from epic flooding caused last month by Hurricane Harvey.

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