House Votes Down Symbolic Effort To Raise Debt CeilingLos Angeles Times: House Deals Symbolic Blow to Raising Debt Ceiling
The House overwhelmingly refused to raise the nation's borrowing ability Tuesday - a largely symbolic vote designed to bolster Republican arguments that a successful measure must include deep spending cuts and sweeping policy revisions. Congressional leaders and the White House are negotiating behind closed doors, seeking a package of spending cuts and budget policies that would entice Republicans to support a higher debt limit. GOP leaders have said they would not agree without trillions in cuts, and they want changes in programs such as Medicare (Mascaro, 6/1). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.