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Wed Aug 9, 2017, 09:05 AM

'Clean' debt ceiling bill unlikely to pass House of Representatives : lawmaker

Source: Reuters

#POLITICS AUGUST 8, 2017 / 10:54 AM / 17 HOURS AGO

'Clean' debt ceiling bill unlikely to pass House of Representatives : lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is unlikely to raise the country's debt ceiling without conditions to rein in spending, a Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday, raising the specter of another potential clash even as Republicans control both Congress and the White House.

The Trump administration has asked Congress to extend the federal borrowing capacity to meet U.S. payment obligations with a "clean" bill that does not include any other provisions.

Asked if the House would act to pass such a bill when lawmakers return to Washington next month, U.S. Representative Tom Cole said "probably not clean."

"Most Republicans want to do something to lower the trajectory of the debt," Cole, a member of the House Appropriations and Budget committees, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

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