Debt Ceiling Talks Continue Between Democrats And Republicans | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Debt Ceiling Talks Continue Between Democrats And Republicans

Play associated audio
Lawmakers have not reached a deal on the debt ceiling yet.
Stephanie Kaye
Lawmakers have not reached a deal on the debt ceiling yet.

A default could hit everyone's pocketbooks, but Virginia and Maryland have been threatened with a downgrade of their bond ratings if the government defaults. That has officials in the region especially tuned in to this debate.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) accuses Republicans of rejecting trillions of dollars in spending cuts.

"It's hard to know where to go from here because they keep moving the goal post," says Van Hollen.

As a part of a deal, Republicans are now pushing for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget annually. That idea is a nonstarter with many Democrats, but Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) says it’s an idea that makes sense.

"Why wouldn’t we want to spend what we take in," he says.

The House isn't expected to take any more votes this weekend after rejecting a Senate proposal to raise the debt ceiling.

NPR

'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.
NPR

Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

The market for single-serving coffee pods is dominated by Keurig's K-Cups. But they aren't recyclable, and critics say that's making a monster of an environmental mess. Meet the K-Cup Godzilla.
WAMU 88.5

Uber's Big Lobbying Effort Opened D.C. Doors

Few companies spent more money lobbying D.C. public officials last year, and Uber's efforts helped to secure at least one key legislative victory.

WAMU 88.5

Concerns About Digital Snooping Spur Bipartisan Legislative Push In Va.

Former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the ACLU are supporting legislation that would limit the ability of law-enforcement and regulatory agencies to collect information and build databases without a warrant.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.