Political leaders prepare for gridlock and inquiries in next Congress

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Would-be leaders of both major parties are already gearing up for messy fights in the next session of Congress, with critical funding issues and investigations looming.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who is so far running unopposed to be the senior House Democrat, said on Sunday that he favors raising the debt ceiling before the GOP takes over the House on Jan. 3 to prevent giving the current Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) the opportunity to use the debt ceiling as leverage on a range of other issues.

“Kevin McCarthy has said that he is willing to detonate the American economy, default on our nation’s debt in order to try to strip away Social Security and Medicare for tens of millions of Americans,” Jeffries said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “That’s incredibly reckless.”

Jeffries said he has not spoken to McCarthy since the election, but added that he has “a much warmer relationship” with Rep. Steve Scalise…

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This article was written by Steven Mufson and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com