Political analysts discuss federal spending bill showdown in Congress

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Republican senators blocked a bill Monday night to keep the government operating and allow federal borrowing, but Democrats aiming to avert a shutdown are likely to try again — at the same time pressing ahead on President Joe Biden’s big plans to reshape government.

The efforts are not necessarily linked, but the fiscal yearend deadline to fund the government past Thursday is bumping up against the Democrats’ desire to make progress on Biden’s expansive $3.5 trillion federal overhaul.

It’s all making for a tumultuous moment for Biden and his party, with consequences certain to shape his presidency and the lawmakers’ own political futures.

Republican consultant Tim Rosales and Democratic analyst Paco Torres, the communications director for the Democratic Party of Sacramento, joined Sonseeahray to discuss what happens next.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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