Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, argued on Fox News’ “Sunday Mornings Futures” that Democrats are creating an “economic and political crisis” as he discussed government spending.

He argued that Democrats are trying to “ram through” trillions of dollars’ worth of “crippling tax hikes” and the “expansion of the welfare state,” noting that they have “also failed to keep the government open, failed to provide disaster relief to Louisiana and a lot of other states and of course haven’t raised the debt ceiling.”

The ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee told host Maria Baritromo that he believes Democrats are “more interested in playing political games with the debt ceiling” than “actually passing it and raising it.”

The Senate is expected to vote as soon as Monday on a House-passed bill that will keep the government funded through early December and raise the $28 trillion debt ceiling.

But the bill is almost certainly doomed in the upper chamber, where all but four Republican senators have promised to vote against it due to the inclusion of the debt limit. Democrats would need to secure the support of at least 10 GOP lawmakers to overcome a filibuster.

It is unclear what comes next. Without a short-term spending bill, the government is set to shut down next week. At the same time, the federal government will run out of cash to pay its bills sometime in October unless the debt ceiling is raised or suspended, according to multiple warnings from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

Democrats have said a shutdown on their watch is not an option and have pledged to do whatever it takes to keep the government open. That could force the party to delink the debt ceiling from the short-term spending bill.

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