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U.S. debt limit is not a partisan issue, White House says By Reuters


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s administration will continue to argue that the U.S. debt limit is not a partisan issue and push Republicans and Democrats to vote to raise it, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.

Congress must approve stop-gap funding by Sept. 30, in order to avoid partial government shutdowns.

Psaki stated to reporters aboard Air Force One that he would continue to “make the case” for it being raised. It isn’t a political issue to defend the United States’ full faith, credit and integrity. We will press for bipartisan support to move forward.

Republicans refused to vote for an increase in the debt limit due to Democrats’ spending plans on infrastructure, social programs and other matters.

The increase required to prevent a shutdown may be due to some spending Republicans supported under Donald Trump’s presidency. This includes the COVID-19 emergency relief bill from December last year.

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