Congressional leaders are preparing a short-term continuing resolution to be considered by both chambers of Congress as early as next week. Though the political conversation about the measure is ongoing, it will almost certainly extend spending levels for a few months without major funding changes or policy riders in an effort to gain the necessary votes for passage. Congress has just two weeks to finalize how it will fund the government after the federal fiscal year expires on Sept. 30. While the timeline for action on appropriations was always tight, even less time has proved to be available with the debate about possible military action in Syria.