4. No sign at all of an infrastructure bill. The President keeps talking about the need to build more roads and bridges. He wants a $1 trillion plan, spurred by $200 billion in seed money from the feds, in a public-private funding partnership. On Wednesday, the President met with moderate lawmakers of both parties, and once again repeated his call for action: "For decades now, Washington has allowed our infrastructure to fall into a state of total decay and disrepair," the President said. "And it's time now to build new roads, new bridges, airports, tunnels, highways, and railways all across our great land." Except that's it. There's still no bill. No plan from the White House. Nothing from the Congress. Zip. Nada. Zero.
5. The House does something for the first time in 8 years. This week, the House approved a package of 8 spending bills - to go along with four others approved in July - as for the first time since 2009, the House approved all 12 bills that fund the operations of the federal government before the start of new fiscal year on October 1. (Back in 2009, the House finished that work on July 30). While that sounds great for the GOP in 2017, the Senate has not done one of the bills, and won't be getting to them before the month is over. In the last 41 years, Congress has only finished the appropriations bills on time in 1996, 1994, 1988 and 1976. Four times in 41 years. So, when it came time for House Republicans to celebrate their 'achievement' at a news conference, there was little interest from the press, since it's been obvious for months that the bills aren't going to get done on time this year - yet again. That's why we already have a temporary budget in place to fund the government until December 8.
6. It's almost Christmas. I know it's not almost Christmas, but that's the way it feels on Capitol Hill, because before you know it, the end of the year will be here. A temporary budget ends on December 8, which could mean a showdown over money for the border wall, and a possible government shutdown. Thanksgiving gets in the way. The House will take next week off, and a week in mid-October. And then everyone wants to be done in December as early as possible. Can you get health care, tax reform, spending bills, a deal on DACA and immigration, and more done in that time period? So far, the Trump agenda hasn't moved very far. GOP lawmakers and the White House now have about three months to change the trajectory of that story line.