EXCLUSIVE: The White House is ending its hands-off approach to the ongoing debt ceiling standoff between Democratic and Republican leadership on Capitol Hill and is pressing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to stop “playing political games” with the economy.
McConnell, despite pleas from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, said in April that Republicans would not vote to raise or suspend the debt ceiling and that Democrats must include the measure in budget reconciliation.
“America must never default,” the Kentucky Republican reiterated in an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal published Thursday. “The debt ceiling needs to be raised. The issue is who should do it. And under these uniquely unprecedented circumstances, it’s their obligation to do it. And they have the votes to do it, and they will do it.”
The White House had previously avoided commenting on this issue in public but still held closed-door briefings with Hill Democrats in