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After final votes were cast, members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, as they leave for a five-week recess. With few accomplishments in the divided 113th Congress, the next big battle is over the budget, the nation's debt limit and the possibility of at least a partial government shutdown.

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Congressional decorum lost on brink of break

The accomplishments are few, the chaos plentiful in the 113th Congress, a discourteous model of divided government now beginning a five-week break.


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