Manchin Opposes Clean Debt Limit Hike
4:18 PM, Oct 8, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Harry Reid is reportedly considering holding a vote to raise the debt limit with no strings attached, but the Senate majority leader doesn't appear to have the support of the entire Democratic caucus.
Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday that he opposes a clean debt limit hike, saying he wants to use it as an opportunity to solve the country's financial problems.
On Monday, an aide to Senate majority whip Dick Durbin told Yahoo News on Monday that "all 54 Senate Democrats" would vote for a clean debt limit bill, but Manchin's opposition indicates that that isn't true.
It's not clear if any other red state Democrats in the Senate would balk at a clean debt limit hike. Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota was asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD on Tuesday if she would vote for a clean debt limit bill. She did not reply.
According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, the United States will hit the debt ceiling sometime between October 22 and November 1.
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