Congress Foresees Short-Term Debt Fix Amid Perilous Standoff

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is surrounded by journalists as he walks to the Senate Chamber for a vote as Democrats look for a way to lift the debt limit without Republican votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(AP) — Republican and Democratic senators have edged back from a perilous standoff over lifting the nation’s borrowing cap. Democrats are signaling they are receptive to an offer from Republican leader Mitch McConnell that would allow for an emergency debt limit extension into December. McConnell made the offer late Wednesday. That was shortly before Republicans were prepared to block legislation to suspend the limit much further — into December of next year — and as President Joe Biden and business leaders ramped up their concerns over what an unprecedented federal default would mean for the nation’s economy.


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