Congress Juggles Agenda to Avert Government Shutdown and Default

Sept. 24, 2021, 6:00 AM

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are running up against multiple critically important deadlines as they navigate a fraught political landscape where any misstep could have dire consequences for the national economy and President Joe Biden’s legacy.

While some of the worst-case scenarios -- a government shutdown, a federal default or the complete collapse of Biden’s economic plan -- are unlikely, several obstacles stand in the way as leaders manage intertwining negotiations and competing political agendas.

Democrats, who have slim majorities in both the House and Senate, are trying to balance normal legislative work -- funding the federal government and ...

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