U.S. Debt-Limit Showdown Intensifies as Democrats Under Pressure

Sept. 28, 2021, 6:00 AM

Pressure on Democrats to increase the federal debt limit and avert a crippling default escalated on Monday, with the party facing a cumbersome legislative procedure that could complicate efforts to deliver on Joe Biden’s economic agenda.

Senate Republicans blocked a bill late Monday to suspend the debt ceiling until December 2022 and keep the government operating past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. That’s left Democrats no clear alternative to overcome the filibuster except using a budget procedure that could take nearly two weeks.

The GOP maneuver sets the stage for a protracted debate over debt ...

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