14. If there’s hope for the White House pitch, it would lie in the bipartisan group of senators who have been talking for weeks to Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and others in the administration about a budget pact. They’ve been backed by a potential push from big business groups that are historically allies of the GOP. But both parties’ leaders are focused for now on the crisis du jour — funding the government past Sept. 30.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.