White House press secretary Jay Carney warned that President Obama’s “position has not changed” since the last debt-ceiling fight and that he would not negotiate with Republicans over raising the nation’s borrowing limit.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Sunday suggested the GOP would seek concessions for raising the debt limit in February.
Carney said that he did not believe Republicans would force another fight over the debt ceiling months after an October standoff over a government funding bill and the borrowing limit led to a 16-day federal shutdown and brought the U.S. to within hours of defaulting.
“We do not expect Republicans to walk that path again, precisely because it proved to be so disastrous for them politically and more importantly, for the economy and for the middle class when they went down that path in October,” said Carney.
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