Originally published at: https://populist.press/by-the-way-the-debt-limit-deadline-is-almost-here-n431860/

The last time the Senate had to wrangle with the question of funding the operation of the government was in October. That settled the question of keeping the lights on past the November elections, but not all that much further. In fact, the small measure they took at that time is set to run out in a little over two weeks, on December 15th. Not coincidentally, that’s also right around the time that the Senate is supposed to adjourn for the year. But as The Hill points out today, Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell don’t appear to even be close to having any sort of deal in the works. This is a convoluted situation with quite a few players involved and it’s being driven almost entirely by political calculations. The Democrats would love to have a deal that puts the matter to rest until after the midt …

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