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Today’s big deal: Republicans dig deeper into raising the debt ceiling, regardless of the ramifications. We’ll also look at a difficult path in the house for Biden’s massive expense account and the latest inflation information.
But first find out why Angelina Jolie and I was in the same building today.
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McConnell Says GOP “United Against Raising Debt Ceiling”
Senate Democrats are generally expected to pass laws to raise the country’s debt ceiling with a government funding measure to put maximum pressure on Republicans to support raising the credit limit or risking the blame for a government shutdown.
But Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Said Tuesday that Republicans Vote unanimously thwart any government funding bill that would also raise the country’s debt ceiling.
“Republicans agree against raising the debt ceiling,” McConnell said when asked after a GOP conference whether Republicans would vote for a funding gap that extends the federal government’s ability to borrow, which is expected to be exhausted by October.
McConnell stated that Republicans oppose raising the debt ceiling “not because it doesn’t have to be done,” but because it would pave the way for Democrats to pass a $ 3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill that does much of it previous would undo President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden stumbles for Newsom on the eve of the recall: “The nation’s eyes are on California” On The Money: House Democrats cut Biden’s tax hikes Abortion providers warn of “chaos” if the Supreme Court Roe versus Wade. overrides MORETax cut in 2017.
- Raising or suspending the debt ceiling alone does not permit or prohibit new spending, nor does it increase or decrease the level of national debt.
- Raising the debt ceiling will only allow the US to issue new government bonds, which it currently cannot, and generate cash to pay for expenditures already approved by Congress.
- The US has never defaulted on its debt, and experts say any loss of confidence and creditworthiness in the federal government could cause the financial system to collapse.
- Countries, financial institutions and investors hold trillions of dollars in government bonds, the value of which could fall if the US fails to remain solvent.
“I want every single Republican senator to answer the question, ‘Are you ready to bankrupt the government?'” Asked the Senate majority leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer points to debts incurred under Trump to highlight the need for bipartisan action Warner Says “Under” 0.5 Trillion Housing Aid Package Some say he cannot support Biden’s $ 0.5 trillion spending plan MORE (DN.Y.) on Tuesday.
“Leader McConnell, as I said, is playing dangerous political games by not stepping on the stage as he asked us to and we did when Trump was president,” he added.
Even so, other Republicans, including the moderate Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCan Biden make a comeback? What history teaches us (and not) Republican leaders misjudged the January 6 committee New Hampshire Democrat wins GOP seat MORE (Utah) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTrump administration sales representative supports JD Vance in Ohio Senate race Crypto debate should come back into force GOP hopefuls fight for Trump’s favor in the Ohio Senate race MORE (Ohio), also ruled out a vote on Tuesday for a government funding resolution that also extends the country’s borrowing authority.
And that’s why Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Told reporters today that it did would be “foolish”“To buy government bonds – an asset believed to be almost as safe as cash – amid the stalemate.
“If you buy government bonds today, [you] don’t understand that American taxpayers are unwilling to levy taxes on it, ”said Scott, although surveys have shown solid support for aspects of Biden’s tax plan
“If you are stupid enough to buy this stuff now, you are stupid”
I have more on that Showdown here.
PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO
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Sandra Foote, owner of Flip-It LJ Diner, didn’t think her restaurant in Columbia Heights could survive COVID-19.
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LEAD THE DAY
The house isn’t an easy walk for Biden, Democrats with a 3.5 ton package
Democrats say getting the $ 3.5 trillion welfare spending plan through the house will be a tough road Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWashington is increasing security ahead of the September 18 rally How social media is fueling political polarization in the US – what can be done about it The 12:30 report from The Hill – Presented by Facebook – Man with machete, swastika in front of DNC headquarters before the rally on January 6th MORE (D-Calif.) Can only afford three defectors to enforce the measure.
While Senate debate Having received more attention, centrists are also vocally suspicious of the plan in the lower chamber, while progressives are not at all interested in bending.
Some are already pushing privately President BidenJoe BidenBiden stumbles for Newsom on the eve of the recall: “The nation’s eyes are on California” Biden is looking to the climate to sell the economic agenda The family of an American who has been taken hostage by the Taliban is calling on the government to release the peace negotiator for Afghanistan MORE In order to be even more involved in the negotiations on the package with Pelosi, it will be crucial for the signing of the bill to argue that he supports his own agenda. Hanna Trudo from the hill explained here.
A MESSAGE FROM WELLS FARGO
How a DC Florist Remodels with PPP Credit
Le Printemps DC flower shop was able to stay open during the pandemic with two Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans booked through Wells Fargo.
MAYBE YOU CAN BUY MY CAR?
Consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in August and 5.3 percent in the past 12 months, according to data released Tuesday by the Labor Department.
Monthly growth in the consumer price index (CPI), a closely watched indicator of inflation, declined for the second straight month after rising 0.5 percent in July. (Economists expected the CPI to grow 0.4 percent last month.)
Annual CPI growth – one of several ways to measure annual inflation – also declined from 5.4 percent in July, the highest since August 2008.
- Airline tickets, used cars and trucks, and auto insurance prices all fell in August after soaring for much of spring and summer.
- The used car CPI, which accounted for much of the summer’s inflation spike, fell 1.5 percent in August but is still 31.9 percent above the same point in 2020.
AOC’S MET GALA DRESS, BUT IN THE LEGISLATION
The House of Representatives Democrats’ plan would impose the biggest tax hikes on high earners: analysis
The House Democrats’ tax proposals would impose the largest tax hikes on households with an income of $ 1 million or more, according to an analysis by the Joint Tax Committee (JCT) released Monday.
The analysis takes into account the Democrats’ proposals to increase taxes for high-income individuals and businesses and to extend the expansion of tax credits for low- and middle-income households.
- In 2023, households with incomes greater than $ 1 million would see federal taxes increase by 10.6 percent and their average tax rate from 30.2 percent under current law to 37.3 percent.
- Households with incomes less than $ 200,000 would lower their taxes, the JCT said.
Much of the child tax credit expansion proposed by the Democrats would expire after 2025 – at the same time, the individual tax provisions in the Republican Tax Act of 2017 would expire. Naomi has the details here.
Good to know
Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Gary GenslerGary GenslerOn The Money – The Democratic Tax Divide According to Coinbase, the SEC is investigating its crypto loan product Climate hawks are pushing Biden to replace the Fed chairmanship MORE said Tuesday that the rapid proliferation of cryptocurrencies and related investment products is similar the wild West.”
We still have an eye on:
- There was a record-breaking number of players on the opening weekend of the 2021 NFL season Place bets online As more and more states legalize sports betting.
- Job searches are expected to increase in the fall as more schools Resumption of personal learning Amid the ongoing pandemic, Indeed’s Hiring Lab forecast in its latest survey.
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading and check out The Hill’s Finance side for the latest news and coverage. We will see you tomorrow.