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House rejects debt ceiling bill in ‘political charade’

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AFP
June 1, 2011

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers voted against raising the US borrowing cap without making cuts in spending, in a Republican ploy Democrats branded a “charade” unworthy of a vital economic issue.

The Treasury says that unless Congress votes to raise the $14.29 trillion debt ceiling by August 2, Washington could be forced to default on its obligations, in a move that would send shockwaves through the global economy.

Republicans, who won the House of Representatives last November amid a mood of steep anxiety over the ballooning size of government debt, will only back raising the debt limit in return for steep cuts in the deficit.

But they set up a vote on a bill they knew would lose — on raising the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion without a corresponding trim in spending — to show they were serious about getting the budget shortfall under control.

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