The Two-Track Infrastructure Strategy Is Rattling Like an Old Rollercoaster. But It's Still Moving Forward.

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Meanwhile, the debt ceiling returns as a highly sharpened political blade in the hands of the Republicans.
It seems like the president is being fairly prudent in dealing with the inmates of Bedlam at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. He's projecting a image of calm in the middle of the intensifying crazy and, at the same time, he's preparing the government for the worst. From the Washington Post:

Administration officials stress the request is in line with traditional procedures seven days ahead of a shutdown and not a commentary on the likelihood of a congressional deal. Both Democrats and Republicans have made clear they intend to fund the government before its funding expires on Sept. 30, but time is running out and lawmakers are aiming to resolve an enormous set of tasks to in a matter of weeks…

Privately, though, Democrats also began to acknowledge they are unlikely to prevail in the face of a GOP blockade. Democrats have started discussing the mechanics of how to sidestep Republicans as soon as next week, according to lawmakers and aides, as they maintain they will not allow the government to shut down in a pandemic or the country to default for the first time in history.

Being at least agnostic on the subject of cooler heads prevailing in anything political these days, I am not sanguine about much of anything ending well in this whole mess, but it seems as though the series of meetings at the White House went fairly well, including the ones held on Thursday, and the House did pass that funding bill that is DOA in the Senate, but which at least demonstrates (again) that one of our two major political parties is interested in governing the country. Later, both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that a "framework" to pay for the $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill had been developed, but declined to give any further details. From the New York Times:

The Senate Finance Committee chairman, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, and the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, Representative Richard Neal, signed off on…
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