The case against raising a ‘clean’ debt limit

The case against raising a ‘clean’ debt limit

During a Christian Science Monitor breakfast the other day, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham reportedly said, ”[W]e should raise the debt limit,” adding: “My tactic is to focus on the CR.”

But later, in a statement, Needham seemed to reverse course, saying, “We do not support clean debt ceiling increases, but because Heritage Action is committed to giving House Leadership the flexibility they need to refocus the debate on Obamacare we will not key vote against the reported proposal.” (Bold mine.)

Aside from the confusion, the notion that Republicans should raise the debt ceiling without exacting some concessions goes against years of conservative orthodoxy. That’s because one thing Republicans tend to agree on is that the debt is a problem — and that fixing it will require entitlement reform or spending cuts.

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