The brinksmanship in Congress over a payroll tax-cut extension may end up looking like a quaint disagreement by next December, when lawmakers must grapple with a fiscal policy debate at least 25 times more costly.
New York is a bellwether that will show whether Republicans keep majority control of the U.S. House in November’s election or if Democrats find a way to take over, said the leader of Democrats’ campaign committee.
House lawmakers say ousted Internal Revenue Service chief Steven Miller failed to fully explain why he didn’t inform them for more than a year that small-government groups seeking tax-exempt status were subject to extra scrutiny.
A Republican proposal to approve spending for a handful of federal agencies was swiftly criticized by Democrats, extending the impasse that forced the first partial U.S. government shutdown in 17 years.
House Republican leaders proposed a short-term increase in the debt ceiling that would continue the government shutdown and reduce the prospects for a U.S. default while extending the partisan fiscal fight.