White House says debt ceiling deal cannot be tied to budget talks

WASHINGTON Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:27pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said a Republican proposal that would lift the debt ceiling but link that with budget negotiations would not be acceptable because it could again put the country on the verge of default in six weeks, spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Friday.

"A debt ceiling increase at only six weeks tied to budget negotiations would put us right back where we are today in just six weeks, on the verge of Thanksgiving and the obviously important shopping season leading up to the holidays," Carney said.

"We should not link the threat of default to budget negotiations," Carney said.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (5)
TheNewWorld wrote:
This is the dumbest thing I have heard come out of the White House in a long time. If you don’t have deficit spending, there is no debt ceiling issue. We keep having these debt ceiling talks because we continue to have deficit spending in the budget. The two go hand in hand.

Oct 11, 2013 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SaveRMiddle wrote:
Only a fool would agree to anything less than the norm. One year. Period. End of discussion.

Americans deserve so much better than the games being played by BOTH parties. Don’t appreciate a leader who folds just as he’s winning. What is that all about?

Like we’re to believe The 1% Masters of the Republicans would ever allow a Default? All what was ever really at stake was Boehner’s job. They put us thru this for that?

Oct 11, 2013 7:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:
@SaveRMiddle

I agree. This was the dumbest move I have ever seen a political party make. They know they can’t default, that would devalue the dollar considerably. It would have a very deep and painful effect on all Americans. Especially those who have a lot of dollars, ie their masters. As long as Democrats and Republicans refuse to balance the budget, we should do away with the debt limit entirely. This is an insane practice in futility.

Oct 11, 2013 10:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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