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House Democrats Leave Wiggle Room on Debt

Douglas Graham/Roll Call

But Moran also said the likely cuts under the plan would be devastating.

House Ways and Means ranking member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) said he believes the McConnell plan essentially passes the buck, and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) reiterated his push for a clean debt limit vote.

But Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) said there are some Democrats willing to look at some iteration of [the] McConnell plan.

I think so, she said, adding that a number of concerns were raised about the idea.

 We are not going to accept any kind of a deal that doesnt include revenues, [or] that jeopardizes Medicare and Social Security, she said.

Others said the deficit reduction package and the raising of the debt ceiling should be handled separately.

A clean debt ceiling increase is clearly the best way to do it, Levin said.

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