More than three weeks after the Newtown school shooting, pressing financial talks are threatening to derail the modest efforts being considered to tighten access to guns.
The failure of President Barack Obama and congressional lawmakers to reach a comprehensive solution to the fiscal cliff has set the stage for another fight next month to avoid the rest of the mandatory spending cuts and to raise the nation’s debt limit. The deadline to increase the nation’s borrowing cap may be as soon as February 15, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center.
A senior White House official acknowledged last week to BuzzFeed that Congress’ “limited bandwidth” will be a challenge for Obama’s second term agenda in the short term in the aftermath of the deal — something that is especially damaging to efforts on gun control as emotions grow cooler each day after the shooting.
“They’re definitely going to get muddled,” said one Democratic operative close to the White House.