Congress Passes Measure To Raise Debt Ceiling, Averting Government Default – BlackPressUSA

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Congress has approved legislation to raise the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion, a move that staves off any threat of federal default until at least 2023.

The federal government has never failed to repay its debt.

A Republican and all House Democrats voted to approve the hike, which passed the House by a 221-209 vote.

In the Senate, the measure passed strictly along party lines with a final vote count of 50-49.

President Joe Biden expects to immediately sign the bill, which only gained traction after using a so-called special route allowing for a simple majority vote.

Lawmakers had to use the special lane before mid-January or else they could have faced filibuster and other hurdles that would have allowed Republicans to block the measure.

“The amount of the debt ceiling has been changed 98 times since 1945, including increases and suspensions. It was necessary to change it once again to maintain a healthy economy, as well as our country’s reputation as a trustworthy borrower,” said Texas Democratic Congressman Al Green.

“At stake were the livelihoods of working families, who would have faced significantly higher borrowing costs for financial obligations such as mortgages, student loans, credit card bills and auto loans,” remarked Congressman Green.

“Now more than ever, it’s time to strengthen the U.S. economy, not make decisions that will cripple it. Additionally, emerging technologies and geopolitical forces demand stability and preparedness from our country so that we can overcome any challenges that may come our way.

The use of the special track to pass the debt ceiling bill has also raised questions about the creation of filibuster exceptions to pass major voting rights legislation and the proposed President Biden’s Build Back Better law.

Grassroots leaders of the West Virginia Poor People’s Campaign marched in a picket line outside Joe Manchin’s office in Washington, D.C., demanding that their senator meet with them about his refusal to support Build Back Better and the protection of voting rights.

Sen. Manchin (D-WV) has refused any changes to the filibuster and effectively blocked critical legislation that the president and most Manchin voters want to see passed.

On Tuesday, December 14, the Poor People’s Campaign demanded answers from the senator.

“Everyone knows that ours is one of the poorest states in the country. So it’s a shame that the senior senator, a Democrat, can’t support his state and the people of his state,” said Stewart Acuff of Jefferson County, West Virginia.

State leaders marched in a picket line outside the Hart Building, the location of Sen. Manchin’s office. After several people spoke, the police warned that their voices were too loud, so they continued the silent picket.

“We are here today because we know Senator Manchin didn’t just lie to the people of West Virginia. He lied to the nation,” said Bishop William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Renewal.

“He didn’t just lie to the people of West Virginia. He lied to the nation,” Bishop Barber said. “And I use that word intentionally because it’s provable. And his inaction and lies about scarcity – he says he takes these positions because we don’t have enough – that’s a lie.

The Bishop called Manchin’s action “a form of political violence against the 140 million poor and not very wealthy people of this country and especially against people who have suffered during COVID, regardless of color or geography. “.

“He engaged in a form of political political violence. As a result, people will remain sick, people will die, people will not be able to recover,” Bishop Barber continued.

“He also never asks those questions about scarcity when it comes to the military or corporate America. He never saw a tax break for businesses he didn’t want to adopt or a military budget he wouldn’t fund.

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