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Manchin Opposes Clean Debt Limit Hike

4:18 PM, Oct 8, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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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. 

TWS: Senator Manchin, do you support a clean debt limit hike?

MANCHIN: I'm just looking at everything. No. I want to fix the long-term 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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