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Debt Limit Deal Heads to House Vote Amid Objections on Both the Left and Right

HeadlineMay 31, 2023

Lawmakers in the U.S. House are voting today on a bill to suspend the debt limit until January 2025, as Congress races against the clock to avert a potentially disastrous default on June 5. On Tuesday, at least 20 far-right Republicans rejected Kevin McCarthy’s debt ceiling deal with President Biden. Members of the House Freedom Caucus are threatening to trigger a vote to remove McCarthy as speaker if the bill passes.

Some progressives have also indicated they will vote down the deal over its work requirements for social programs, and so-called oil and gas “permitting reforms.” Lawmakers on the House Rules Committee narrowly voted to bring the bill to the floor Tuesday evening after exchanging cross-party jabs. This is Pennsylvania Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon, who voted against the bill.

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon: “Here we are today, forced to address a manufactured debt ceiling crisis that has rattled global economic markets because right-wing members of the House have a stranglehold on House majority and its leadership. Republicans in the House, influenced by their most extreme members, decided to hold our country’s economy hostage in order to take food out of the mouths of hungry Americans.”

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