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(Reuters) - A vote in Congress over whether to launch U.S. attacks against Syria is expected to wreak collateral damage - leaving too little time on Capitol Hill to deal with fast-approaching fall deadlines to fund government agencies and raise the debt limit.
That increases the likelihood that U.S. lawmakers will agree to a short-term government funding measure to get them through the fall, postponing for another day any broader deal or big showdowns.
The House of Representatives had previously scheduled only nine legislative days in September after they return from summer recess on September 9, prompting analysts to view this as barely enough to pass government funding legislation in time to avoid a federal shutdown as the new fiscal year starts October 1.
But now much of that time is likely to be eaten up with a contentious debate over authorizing the use of military force to punish Syria, analysts say.
With Republicans and Democrats still deeply divided on how to shrink U.S. debt and federal deficits, the odds for a comprehensive agreement that replaces "sequester" spending cuts and lifts the debt ceiling have fallen dramatically.
Originally posted by all2human
reply to post by Dreine
I dunno it's a real gamble , mean why risk ww3 with all this hardware racing towards the ME when all they need is one well-placed shot? something to think about
reply to post by Dreine
It's the timing I find suspect.
If this was important, then why wait until recess was over to form a vote?
Why involve congress at all, if Obama already plans to strike Syria?
I honestly predict that Obama will order an attach this month to forstall any talks about limiting spending.
reply to post by beezzer
Interesting. I heard something like this on the radio...
Something about the U.S. government not being allowed to raise the debt ceiling when their economy reaches the limit in late October / early November this year (bacause of some law from 2011), the only exception being in times of war.
And also that this is the reason why the U.S. didn't strike right away... because the economically most sound moment is as close to the limit as possible, so Obama can stay solvent until the end of the year.
Is there any truth to this?
edit on 5-9-2013 by ColCurious because: (no reason given)