In D.C., August Means Vacation

Things are pretty quiet in D.C. right now. Congress went out of session, pulling all the hot air out of the city (and it’s quite a lovely temperature right now). Tradition demands that everyone else in Washington take some time off too. Who am I to argue?

Given that the 2011 budget, the gas tax, and the current extension of SAFETEA-LU all expire September 30 — and Congress goes back out of session for the entire week before that — we’re expecting a hectic start to the fall. So, to recharge before that frenzy of newsgathering, I’ll be taking some time off from Streetsblog Capitol Hill for the next week and a half. While I’m away, we have some guest content that we’re very excited about, and Kathryn will bring you the morning headlines each day, but the frequency of posts will be light until the end of the month.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of the summer.

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