The ink isn’t even dry on the budget deal, but Republicans are gearing up to hold our economy hostage over yet another debt ceiling fight. Now they’re publically discussing what they want to get in exchange for ensuring America pays its bills. The kicker? They don’t know what they want! (Sounds awfully familiar to their ever-shifting reasons for keeping the government shut down, doesn’t it?)
From National Journal:
“Republicans say they want something in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. They just don't know what that ‘thing’ is yet.”
“House Republicans returning from recess will likely discuss what they want from raising the debt limit and how they want to get it. But right now, ideas are sort of all over the place, from energy to health care. Ryan has brought up the Keystone XL pipeline. McConnell's primary challenger, Matt Bevin, told The Hill it should be used to defund Obamacare.”
“’I'd like to attach to that some real health care reforms that will preserve freedom and choice for Americans, based on what we're seeing right now,’ said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. ‘There are a number of things I'm willing to consider. The House is going to pretty well dictate that, but we could do some energy, we could do some tax reform. There are a number of things we can do some really good pieces of legislation that maybe we should tie to the debt ceiling.’”
“’Every time we vote to increase the debt limit without any sort of measures—it doesn't have to be the whole thing—but without some sort of meaningful step that begins to place us on a path towards getting the debt under control, I think is a mistake,’ said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.”
“Certainly, Republicans aren't going to say they want nothing in return for raising the debt limit. ‘Every ounce of fiscal discipline we've had has come by virtue of debt-ceiling negotiations, so to let that pass, to raise the debt ceiling without addressing the source of our long-term structural deficit, wouldn't be a good thing,’ said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.”
Seriously, this story could be lifted straight from September, when Republicans unveiled an extravagant debt limit wish list, which, of course, went absolutely nowhere.