House Lawmakers Mull Rare Procedure To Break Debt Ceiling Standoff

House Lawmakers Mull Rare Procedure To Break Debt Ceiling Standoff


Members of both parties in the House are entertaining the idea of using a rarely-utilized “discharge petition” to force a vote on raising the debt ceiling as Democratic leaders refuse to negotiate.

The procedural maneuver by which a measure gets forced out of a committee for a House floor vote is being discussed by Democrats and moderate Republicans as the United States hit its borrowing limit at $31.4 trillion, prompting the Treasury Department to take “extraordinary measures” to prevent a default in the short term.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) told Semafor the discharge petition is “one of many options” under consideration as he works with Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) on hammering out some sort of a deal. In speaking with CNN, Fitzpatrick stressed that forcing a vote

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