WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

House To Vote On Combination Debt Limit, Budget Mandate Bill

Play associated audio
Mylon Medley

The U.S. House is slated to vote today on a Republican proposal to temporarily extend the nation's debt ceiling and the legislation is putting the region's Democrats in a tight spot.

Republicans want to extend the nation's borrowing limit for three months in exchange for forcing Senate Democrats to release and pass a budget blueprint annually. If there's no budget, House leaders want lawmakers to temporarily forego their pay.

Freshman Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) hasn't decided how he'll vote. He says businesses need a long-term solution to the nation s debt problems.

"So a three month debt ceiling extension is not productive as it relates to that, but it is better than the alternative which is tripping the debt ceiling," Delaney says.

f the debt ceiling isn't extended, both Virginia and Maryland risk a credit rating downgrade. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) says he's glad House leaders are offering the extension with no spending cuts attached.

"I think it's encouraging that Republicans agree that the debt ceiling shouldn't be leverage on the debate," Cardin says.

Even if Senate Democrats accept the House legislation, lawmakers will have to revisit the debt ceiling debate again in May.

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

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