House Passes Debt Ceiling Bill to Suspend Limit

Lawmakers in the House voted to pass a debt ceiling bill on Wednesday that would suspend the federal debt limit through to Dec. 17, 2022. In a 219–212 vote along party lines, the measure comes just weeks before the federal government would default on debt. Two Democrats voted against the bill, Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Jared Golden (D-Maine), while Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) voted in favor of it. The legislation now heads to the Senate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Sept. 22, “We all agree, America must never default. The debt ceiling will need to be raised.” But the Democrats’ “reckless” spending plans, including one measure that’s been pegged at $3.5 trillion, and the way in which Democrats have been operating “on a partisan basis,” means that the party will have to figure out how to raise the debt ceiling without Republican votes, he said. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on …

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