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White House reaches for debt ceiling leverage against Republicans in disarray

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Washington Examiner, April 2023

Democrats, often ridiculed for their intraparty policy disagreements and political fights, are trying to peg Republicans as being in disarray over the budget as the White House seeks to gain as much negotiating leverage as possible amid President Joe Biden‘s debt ceiling standoff with the GOP.

But while undermining Republicans may be politically advantageous for Democrats, it risks jeopardizing talks and a default if the White House and the GOP do not extend the country’s $31.4 trillion borrowing authority before the summer.

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