Lawmakers are juggling must-pass items, like addressing the nation's borrowing authority and an annual defense authorization package, along with major political priorities for Democrats.
GOP lawmakers want a compromise to prevent a shutdown for at least another month. But many Democrats have promised a no-vote unless protections for "Dreamers" are part of the bargain.
The deadline to fund government agencies is Sept. 30. Democrats blocked a vote on a bill to extend current funding because it would have deleted money for Planned Parenthood for a year.
Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.
The continuing resolution allows Congress to carry over the previous fiscal year's budget into the next one. And if Congress doesn't pass one by March 27, the government will run out of money and likely shut down.