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Senate Republicans are ready to force another government shutdown if it makes trouble for Democrats

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Will the government shut down next week? Will the government default on its financial obligations a couple weeks later? All that and much more—like the medium-range future of U.S. infrastructure and a good chunk of the economy—are at stake in Congress in the coming weeks. If you’re reading this, it may not surprise you to learn that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans are doing their best to turn everything into a disaster in hopes that it will help Republicans win in 2022 and 2024.

Depending how you count them, there are four different legislative priorities at stake here. Or three. Or two. Or one big messy tangle.

On Monday, the Senate will vote on the House-passed bill averting an Oct. 1 government shutdown by extending government funding to December and averting a later-in-October debt default by suspending the debt limit to December 2022. Republicans will filibuster that because they want to force Democrats to put the debt limit in a budget........

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