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Biden signs debt limit hike, but December standoff looms

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into legislation a invoice elevating the nation’s debt limit till early December, delaying the prospect of an unprecedented federal default that may trigger financial catastrophe.

The House handed the $480 billion improve within the nation’s borrowing ceiling on Tuesday, after the Senate permitted it on a party-line vote final week. The eventual approval got here after a protracted standoff with Senate Republicans, who derailed preliminary Democratic efforts with filibusters, delays that require 60 votes to halt.

Ultimately, a handful of Senate Republicans agreed to hitch Democrats and voted to finish GOP delays and transfer to a last vote on the laws, but Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has mentioned Republicans will provide no help for one more improve in December.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had warned that the US would hit its borrowing limit Monday, an unprecedented scenario that she and others cautioned might result in financial disaster for a nation nonetheless reeling from a world pandemic. Routine authorities funds to Social Security beneficiaries, disabled veterans and active-duty navy personnel would doubtlessly be delayed, and the financial fallout within the US might ripple by international markets.

The passage of the short-term debt ceiling improve ensures that, for now, the US will proceed to fulfill its obligations. But it units up one other potential cliff on the finish of the yr — at a time when lawmakers will even be working to go a federal funding invoice to avert a authorities shutdown.

Republicans have mentioned Democrats ought to use a budgetary maneuver to go a rise within the debt limit with out Republican help, like the method Democrats are utilizing for Biden’s large local weather change and social security web plan. But Democrats have resisted that choice. The conflict between the 2 events leaves Congress and not using a clear resolution to avert the subsequent default deadline in December, but the White House has emphasised it’s nonetheless pursuing a bipartisan improve.

Lawmakers from each events have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for different priorities. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to vote towards elevating the debt ceiling when President Donald Trump was in workplace, saying she had no intention of supporting lifting the debt ceiling to allow Republicans to provide one other tax break to the wealthy. And Republicans in 2011 managed to coerce President Barack Obama into accepting about $2 trillion in deficit cuts as a situation for growing the debt limit — although lawmakers later rolled again a few of these cuts.

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