Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Why House Republican Leadership wants to fight on debt limit, not continuing resolution

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Many conservatives, including myself, have questioned why the House Republican Leadership is so eager to fight Obamacare through the debt limit as opposed to the continuing resolution that must be passed before the end of this month. This headline from NBC News pretty much sums up the leadership case:

Poll: 44 percent of Americans oppose raising debt ceiling

The accompanying story reads, "By a 44-22 percent margin, Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling, which again puts the president in the difficult position of needing to make the case for an unpopular policy with a deadline quickly approaching."

House Republican leaders know that raising the nation's debt limit is always unpopular. As Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, tweeted out this week, Congress has a long history of pairing debt limit hikes with other reforms to cut government spending.

Like a family that bumps up against its credit card limit, Americans instinctively know that debt limits are a good time revisit past spending decisions.

And delaying parts of Obamacare would be a perfect way for the United States to cut spending. According to the Congressional Budget Office, delaying Obamacare's individual mandate alone, for just one year, would save American taxpayers $35 billion over the next ten years.

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