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What the hell is going on? from @TheRealNews
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Even people who follow DC politics closely are struggling to keep up with this week’s political drama. Between a looming government shutdown, the need to raise the debt ceiling by next month, and the Democrats’ intra-party fight over infrastructure and the Build Back Better Act, a tangled political mess is unfolding on Capitol Hill—and the results will directly impact the lives of everyday people. In this installment of The Marc Steiner Show, Sarah Anderson of the Institute for Policy Studies joins Marc to break the situation down in clear terms and to tell listeners how to contact their senators and representatives to voice their opinions. Anderson directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and is a co-editor of the IPS web site Inequality.org.

Tune in for new segments of The Marc Steiner Show every Tuesday and Friday on TRNN.

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Marc Steiner:        Welcome to The Marc Steiner Show here on The Real News. It’s great to have you all with us once again. And we’re about to dive into this very complex, crazy situation on Capitol Hill and the vote coming up in Congress. And just what is going on between the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back America Act and the battles between inside the Democrats, between progressives, and what people call moderates, and the Republicans standoff that’s taking place, how this affects us all. For many people, it’s very confusing and for me, it’s relatively confusing, and I had to really spend some time parsing through it myself. So we are joined right now by Sarah Anderson, who directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, which is also the co-editor of their website, inequality.org. And Sarah, welcome. Good to have you with us.

Sarah Anderson:    Great to be here. Thank you.

Marc Steiner:        So, just very quickly, let’s define these moving parts. We’ve got these bills, the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Build Back Better Act, and progressives saying they are not going to vote on the infrastructure bill unless they vote first on the Build Back Better Act. And the Republicans are saying they’re going to vote against the debt ceiling and they don’t care if the government gets shut down. And all these things are connected, but they’re also different parts. So explain for a moment exactly what you think the dynamic is here.



Originally posted by The Real News on 2021-09-28 21:29:13

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