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Do you agree~ NO increase in debt ceiling limit without a “real and meaningful commitment to debt reduction.” ?

A growing number of Democrats are threatening to defy the White House over the national debt, joining Republican calls for deficit cuts as a requirement for consenting to lift the country’s borrowing limit.

The tension is the latest illustration of how the tea-party-infused GOP is driving the debate in Washington over federal spending. And it shows how the debt issue is testing the Obama administration’s clout as Democrats, particularly those from politically competitive states, resist White House arguments against setting conditions on legislation to raise the debt ceiling.

The push-back has come in recent days from Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a freshman who is running for reelection next year. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) told constituents during the Easter recess that he would not vote to lift the debt limit without a “real and meaningful commitment to debt reduction.”

Even Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), generally a stalwart White House ally, is undecided on the issue and is “hopeful” that a debt-ceiling bill can be attached to a measure to cut the federal deficit, said her spokesman, Linden Zakula. Klobuchar is also up for reelection next year.

Months ago it seemed unthinkable that Congress might refuse to raise the borrowing limit. Leaders in both parties agreed that failing to do so would risk a default by the U.S. government, which could send interest rates soaring and cut off Social Security checks, as well as salaries for combat troops.

And although many lawmakers and aides say a bipartisan deal is likely, the insistence on conditions by a small but pivotal group of Democrats suggests that any agreement would almost certainly have to include substantial cuts in the deficit — not just to mollify House Republicans but to satisfy Democrats who could be politically vulnerable on spending issues....

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 2:02 PM on Apr. 29, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think it's horrible for the richest country in the world to default on it's debts. It's like walking away from your house just because your mortage is upside down, even though you can afford the payments.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 2:06 PM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • Oops...Yes i agree.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 2:06 PM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • I think it's time we learned to live within our means. Period. Just because there is an agreement to cut spending does not mean it will happen! This has been tried before! If the ceiling is not raised, then they will have to cut spending or default. That's how it is with the rest of us, so why should they not have to live the same way?
    NannyB.

    Answer by NannyB. at 2:16 PM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • While I agree, I'd rather see X amount from Y sectors. Clear, concise and measurable outcomes. "Real and meaningful" is way too subjective. Stop the complaining and posturing and get it done.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 2:20 PM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • Yes - it should be common sense, but that's typically lacking in Washington anyway. The further the gap in the Dem party widens, people are going to have to start choosing sides. Maybe for once, more will go with logic over emotion.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:01 PM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • Yes. I agree! :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:03 PM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • I say no debt ceiling increase period!!! Cut spending immediately
    -Eilish-

    Answer by -Eilish- at 6:43 PM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • I agree. There has to mandatory cuts and a balanced budget amendment would be excellent
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:49 PM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • Just pay the interest on the debt and let the Dems squirm until they come to the table with cuts that cannot be touched legislatively down the road.
    annabarred

    Answer by annabarred at 9:10 PM on Apr. 30, 2011

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