WASHINGTON — Congress returns to work this week still lacking a clear game plan for extending bond programs and other federal assistance for state and local governments, despite pleas for the extensions from governors meeting in Boston through the weekend.

Meanwhile, former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff Erskine B. Bowles, co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, on Sunday warned those attending the National Governors Association meeting not to expect continuing federal aid for state budgets.

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