Dems hurtle toward a new fiscal cliff

Democrats’ internal wrangling over a massive new social spending plan will soon be eclipsed by much more urgent problems: avoiding an economic collapse and a government shutdown.
There is growing worry among some rank-and-file Democrats that their tunnel-vision mentality on a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill could provoke economic blowback if Republicans hold the line and tank efforts to lift the debt ceiling. And Democrats’ threadbare majorities in Congress are leaving the party with little time to wriggle out of a dangerous economic morass that could overwhelm their other priorities, from voting rights to tax increases on the wealthy to a sweeping expansion of the social safety net.
Top Democrats insist they have a plan — they just don’t want to talk about it yet. And they are urging calm before a calamitous month of legislating.
“Nobody blinks in the short run. But at the end of the day, we

Politico News - Congress
By Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle

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