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GOP Senators Resist Raising Debt Ceiling as Democrats Push Biden Spending Plans

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WASHINGTON—Top Senate Republicans stated the GOP could line up towards any effort to boost the federal government’s borrowing restrict this yr, including to the uncertainty surrounding how Congress will deal with the problem after the restrict is reinstated subsequent month.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R., S.D.) stated at a press convention Wednesday that Democratic plans to advance President Biden’s $4 trillion agenda may immediate Republicans to oppose a debt-limit improve, echoing feedback Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) made earlier to the media outlet Punchbowl News.

“I don’t think there’s a single Republican senator who views increasing the debt limit so that Democrats can expand government and spend massive amounts as something they in the end would want to support,” Mr. Thune stated.

The Republican feedback drew criticism from Democrats, who forged them as a hypocritical ploy that might hassle monetary markets. While debt has soared because the begin of the pandemic, deficits have been rising for a number of years earlier than that, partly due to two bipartisan finances offers that lifted authorities spending, and the 2017 GOP tax cuts, which constrained federal income.

“We have Covid debt, we have Trump debt, we’ve got a double standard, and we want to make it clear nobody is going to hold the American economy hostage, period, full stop,” stated Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) chairman of the Finance Committee.

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