WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Politicians are already girding themselves for the next budget battle.

"We're going to look back on this night and regret it," warned Rep. Jim Moran(D-VA), on theHouse floor before the vote on the fiscal cliff deal. "The problem is we've set up three more fiscal cliffs."

Months into the New Year, we may see partisan standoffs over the debt ceiling, the big across-the-board spending cuts called sequestration,and over the federal budget.

Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-VA), the Majority Leader, and every other Virginia Republican. voted against the deal in the House -- and the GOP is openly planning to leverage a debt ceiling vote in a few months to extract more spending cuts than they got in the fiscal cliff deal.

The President is refusing to bargain over the debt ceiling. "I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether it will pay the bills that they've already racked up."

And Maryland's Chris Van Hollen, the Democrats' Ranking Member on the Budget Committee expects the President will stand firm. "We should not be playing any political games over the debt ceiling, that is the economic equivalent of nuclear war. It would make this whole idea of going over the fiscal cliff look like a cakewalk."

But many Republicans think it's the next best chance to control the cost of Medicare and Social Security.

Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
9News Now & wusa9.com
Twitter: @BruceLeshan

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