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Syria isn’t the only battle — here comes the budget

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WASHINGTON — When Congress returns Monday from its summer break, lawmakers must quickly forge a deal to avoid a government shutdown and then pivot to raise the government’s borrowing authority by mid-October or face a damaging U.S. debt default.

Those fights were complicated enough before President Barack Obama announced he’d seek congressional approval for a military strike against Syria. Now, the Syria debate eats into what little time is available for a budget deal. And that’s on top of a more complicated political and fiscal landscape than a year ago, including huge differences in competing spending plans, a changed tax landscape and new political calculations.

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