Last minute deadlines driving congressional actions, Arkansas delegation says

Arkansas' congressional delegation is shown in these file photos. Top row, from left: U.S. Sens. John Boozman, and Tom Cotton and U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford. Bottom row, from left: U.S. Reps. French Hill, Bruce Westerman and Steve Womack.

WASHINGTON -- Congress tends to work up against deadlines.

Federal lawmakers have developed a habit of addressing spending in the days before Christmas, often relying on appropriation leaders to construct extensive spending packages without much congressional input.