WASHINGTON — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty urged congressional Republicans on Sunday to not vote to raise the debt ceiling when the matter is considered in the spring.
But in a sign of how knotted the debate has become, the likely presidential candidate suggested that lawmakers pass additional legislation to prevent the government from defaulting — the exact purpose of raising the debt ceiling in the first place.
“They should not raise the debt ceiling,” Pawlenty said. “I believe they should pass legislation that would allow them to sequence the spending as revenues come in to make sure they don’t default. And then have a debate about what other spending could be reduced.”