A Debt Deal Still Seems Out of Sight

President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy on March 17, 2023. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

House Republicans emerged from the chamber Wednesday night, having barely passed their debt ceiling bill, with a clear message: The standoff is now in the White House’s hands.

“This is on them now,” said Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw. “We raised the debt limit. We did our job here.”

Not so fast, say Democratic leaders. 

“No, I don’t think it adds any pressure at all,” Rep. Richard Neal, the top Democrat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, told The Dispatch after the vote Wednesday night. “Their Pyrrhic victory in numbers today didn’t strike me as a mandate by any stretch of the imagination.”

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