U.S. House Approves Short-term Debt Limit Increase To Avert Default
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill to increase the nation's borrowing limit in the short term to avert a looming debt default, sending it to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature
WASHINGTON, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Oct, 2021 ) :The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill to increase the nation's borrowing limit in the short term to avert a looming debt default, sending it to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature.
The House voted 219-206 along party lines to adopt a procedural rule, which automatically deemed the short-term debt limit extension that the Senate approved last week as passed.
Another stopgap measure to fund the federal government also expires on Dec. 3, meaning Democrats and Republicans will have to reach a deal by early December to avoid the twin threats of a shutdown and a default.
However, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has warned that Republicans won't support another short-term increase of the debt limit.
"I write to inform you that I will not provide such assistance again if your all-Democrat government drifts into another avoidable crisis," McConnell wrote in a letter to Biden last Friday.
As part of a bipartisan budget deal enacted in August 2019, Congress suspended the debt limit through July 31. After the debt limit was reinstated on Aug. 1, the U.S. Treasury Department began using "extraordinary measures" to continue to finance the government on a temporary basis.