White House Warns That Debt Limit Showdown Could Hurt States

In this Sept. 14, 2021 photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. McConnell has warned Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen he is not budging on his demand that Democrats go it alone on the federal debt limit, deepening the emerging standoff in Congress over how to boost the government's borrowing authority. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The White House is warning state and local governments about severe cuts to disaster relief, Medicaid, infrastructure grants. school funding and other programs if Congress fails to raise the U.S. debt limit. A fact sheet for state and local officials that was obtained by The Associated Press is an attempt to ratchet up the public pressure on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. President Joe Biden has insisted so far on bipartisan backing to increase the cap on a debt that was almost entirely accrued before he took office. But McConnell has been unmoved and has said Democrats must act on their own.


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