House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that Democrats are putting raising the debt ceiling using the reconciliation process “on the table” as Republicans hold strong in their assertion that they will not support increasing the federal government’s borrowing limit.
“In the short term we may well send over a clean debt limit extension to the Senate as a message bill so they can get it done relatively quickly if they can get the votes,” the Maryland Democrat said. “Reconciliation is one option and that’s on the table. … I think both alternatives are available to us.”
Shortly after his comments to reporters, Hoyer clarified that he does not believe it is “the best option, nor the option we’re pursuing.”
His comments come one day after the Senate voted down a House-passed bill to avert a government shutdown that included language to increase the debt limit, with GOP lawmakers arguing that they can’t support the hike as