Hoyer Predicts Debt Limit Increase Will Last Through Election Year
House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer predicted Wednesday that House Republicans will seek a debt ceiling increase that would run past the 2014 midterm elections.
“I don’t have a dollar amount but I do think Republicans — and I agree with them on this — are looking to get this through the next election. So whatever dollar amount gets you to January of 2015,” the Maryland Democrat said.
“Frankly, [Speaker John A.] Boehner recognizes the irresponsibility of this action, doesn’t want to take his party through it a second time in an election year as he did not the last time, as you recall, in 2011,” Hoyer added, referencing the eleventh-hour August 2011 deal to raise the debt ceiling.
Hoyer also said that Democrats aren’t wed to a number by which they want to raise the debt limit this time around.
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