Speaker Pelosi promises to pass bill to suspend debt limit

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks with reporters after departing a House Democratic whip meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. With a federal government shutdown looming, Congressional Democrats are working to find common ground between their progressive and moderate members so to try and pass a handful of legislation, including bills on infrastructure, the White House's Build Back Better Act and the debt limit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks with reporters after departing a House Democratic whip meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. With a federal government shutdown looming, Congressional Democrats are working to find common ground between their progressive and moderate members so to try and pass a handful of legislation, including bills on infrastructure, the White House's Build Back Better Act and the debt limit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 29: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) talks with reporters after departing a House Democratic whip meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on September 29, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:58 PM PT – Wednesday, September 29, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the House will pass legislation to suspend the debt limit. In a letter to Democrats on Wednesday, Pelosi thanked them for their “patriotism” in last week’s vote on lifting the debt ceiling and a continuing resolution.

Today’s bill would suspend the federal debt ceiling through December 2022, but has faced opposition from moderate Democrats. On Wednesday, Pelosi slammed those Democrat holdouts and demanded unity. She also blamed Republican extremism for the dire situation, even though Democrats control both chambers and a government shutdown would be a direct result of party infighting.

Capitol Hill has remained divided on the issue as Republicans refuse to support raising it and Democrats refuse to do it by themselves. On Tuesday, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee called on Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to testify.

Starting off, Yellen said that economic calamity and interest rate increases could befall the U.S. if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by an appropriate time.

“If the debt ceiling were not raised, I think there would be a financial crisis and a calamity. And absolutely, it’s true that the interest payments on the government debt would increase,” said Yellen.

She said she believes that those issues would undermine confidence in the dollar as the world currency, as well as increase interest payments Americans pay for cars and mortgages. Yellen added any issues that come out of this would be entirely manufactured by the U.S. government who could have just raised the ceiling in time.

Democrats have been beating the drum to get the debt ceiling raised and trying to get Republicans to vote with them to do it. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently said that Republicans refusing to raise the ceiling were derelict in their duties. He called their move one of the lowest points in the chambers history and said Republicans were the party of default.

“Republicans voted unanimously…unanimously to block legislation, to keep the government open and prevent an unnecessary default on our debt,” he said. “Republicans are now the official party of default, the party that says America doesn’t pay its debts.”

Despite the attacks, Republicans are sticking together in their opposition to a debt ceiling increase.

At the hearing, Louisiana’s John Kennedy (R) said Democrats are just trying to put GOP fingerprints onto Democrat spending priorities. He said the solution to the problem is easy, stating Democrats can put an increase in the debt ceiling in their reconciliation package to pass themselves.

Meanwhile, if the debt limit is not raised by Oct. 18, Yellen warned a default could occur within days.

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