WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators have edged back from a perilous standoff over lifting the nation’s borrowing cap. Democrats are signaling they are receptive to an offer from Republican leader Mitch McConnell that would allow for an emergency debt limit extension into December. McConnell made the offer late Wednesday. That was shortly before Republicans were prepared to block legislation to suspend the limit much further — into December of next year — and as President Joe Biden and business leaders ramped up their concerns over what an unprecedented federal default would mean for the nation’s economy.
Photo: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., finishes a news conference as Democrats work on a way to lift the debt limit and find a way to pass President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Sanders was critical of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, a key holdout vote on the Biden overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)