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Democrats eye one-time filibuster carveout to hike the debt ceiling

Added 12-06-21 08:03:02pm EST - “Congressional Democrats are scrambling to find an easy solution to the looming deadline to raise the U.S. debt limit, even eyeing to carve out a filibuster exemption on the topic.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Democrats eye one-time filibuster carveout to hike the debt ceiling”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Congressional Democrats are scrambling to find an easy solution to the looming deadline to raise the U.S. debt limit, even eyeing to carve out a filibuster exemption on the topic.

An aide close to Democratic leadership told The Washington Times the carve-out would allow the Senate to address the debt ceiling at a later date by a simple majority of 51-votes, rather than the customary 60-vote threshold needed to beat a filibuster. Democrats hope to include the carveout as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a must-pass annual defense policy bill.

“This is a way to ensure the full faith and credit of the U.S. is preserved,” said the aide, who requested anonymity to discuss legislative strategy. “Nothing is final yet, but there is a realization on this side of the aisle that little skirmishes over the debt limit every few months aren’t good for the economy.”

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat who is overseeing the NDAA, said he was not briefed on the carveout proposal but would be comfortable with going along.

“I think if it’s a way to get the debt ceiling passed, absolutely,” said Mr. Reed. “You’ve got to get the debt ceiling raised, you can’t avoid it.”

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