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Sen. Joe Lieberman: Don’t Count On Dems To Raise Debt Limit Without Deficit Plan

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) warned on Tuesday that he and many Democrats would oppose increasing the debt limit without measures for deficit reduction in place. That creates a steep climb in the Senate for the president’s d…

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) warned on Tuesday that he and many Democrats would oppose increasing the debt limit without measures for deficit reduction in place. That creates a steep climb in the Senate for the president’s desired “clean” debt ceiling bill.

“There are a lot of Democrats, including myself, that are not going to vote to raise the debt ceiling unless there is something concrete, specific, real, tough done so the debt itself will be reduced in the coming years,” Lieberman, who caucuses with the Democrats, told reporters.

The White House indicated on Monday it wants a “clean” bill — meaning one without separate policy measures — to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the government from defaulting on its loans.

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