Job One of the Super Congress Committee

The first thing they need to do is end the debt ceiling. From the prologue of my forthcoming book:

Debt ceiling debates will never be the same. There is no reason to expect that lifting it will be anything less than highlight of the 113th Congress unless one party controls the House, the Senate and the White House. Of course, 41 committed Senators could still wield massive political leverage if they were willing to blow up the tracks even if one party controlled all three levers of power.  The incentive to use the debt ceiling lift as political leverage has been rendered ‘on limits’ for future Congresses. And since the debt ceiling is denominated in nominal dollars, it will have to be raised in the near future. For example, the Ryan budget plan if implemented would require the raising of the debt ceiling consistently over the next decade, with the nation’s cumulative debt reaching $21.1 Trillion in 2021.

Now, when both parties hope to control the House, Senate and the White House in the 113th Congress is the time to say no to the madness that was just wrought upon us. Bruce Bartlett is a voice of sanity on the issue.


About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute), and Chair of the Academic Council at Duke University . I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy. My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

2 Responses to Job One of the Super Congress Committee

  1. Anonne says:

    They shouldn’t need a debt ceiling to begin with.

  2. David says:

    I expect that the Republicans will continue to govern by extortion at every opportunity. Appropriations bills, for example. Why would they give up the chance for future blackmail by eliminating the debt ceiling?

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