Sen. Patty Murray said Monday that she would continue the fiscal debate into 2013 rather than lock in a long-term deal this year that throws middle-class families under the bus.
Democrats are exploiting the pending deadlines — which they acknowledge could hurt the economy if fully implemented — even though they decried the tactic during the debt ceiling fight.
And while Boehner always maintained that the House would eventually raise the debt ceiling, Democrats are discussing actually going over the “fiscal cliff.”
A Democratic aide said the scenario was set up “by design.”
“We composed a [sequester] deal that we might have to live with a year from when it was devised” given the fact that all previous attempts to compromise on a deficit reduction package that included tax increases and spending cuts had failed to that point, the aide said.
Correction, July 17 An earlier version of this story misstated the nature of the sequester vote the House will take this week. The chamber will vote on a measure that would require the president to prepare a report on the effect of the sequester.
Roll Call has launched a new feature, Hill Navigator, to advise congressional staffers and would-be staffers on how to manage workplace issues on Capitol Hill. Please send us your questions anything from office etiquette, to handling awkward moments, to what happens when the work life gets too personal. Submissions will be treated anonymously.