October 22, 2021

Pelosi struggles as Democrats stumble on debt ceiling issue

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has continued to challenge Democrats to focus on a bipartisan vote to increase the debt ceiling despite growing talk among some in the party to raise the debt ceiling apart from Republican support.

“Ultimately, they’re going to have to vote for it or we’re going to have to have a vote and do it by ourselves,” Kentucky Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth said on MSNBC Sunday.

“We can do it through reconciliation. Leadership has said they don’t want to do that. The reason is if we do that through reconciliation, we actually have to specify a number,” he added.

However, Pelosi sent a letter on Sunday to House Democrats, saying, “When we take up the debt limit this month, we expect it to be bipartisan once more.”

The letter added, “The debt limit is a shared responsibility, and I urge Congress to come together, in that spirit, on a bipartisan basis as it has in the past to protect the full faith and credit of the United States.”

House Republicans remain opposed to raising the debt ceiling. Instead, they want to force Democrats to limit spending to fit within existing constraints.

Doing so would end much of the left’s $3.5 trillion spending bill, revealing Democrats have no plan to join Republicans in the effort. Instead, they expect Republicans to join them, something just as unlikely to happen.

 

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