House approves bill to suspend debt limit until May

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The House on Wednesday approved a bill to ignore the debt ceiling and allow the government to borrow as needed to meet its obligations through May 18.

The measure passed by a vote of 285 to 144.

The legislation, if approved by the Senate and signed by the president, would also withhold congressional pay in the event that lawmakers do not agree on a budget by April 15, which coincides with “tax day.”

The White House signaled on Tuesday that the president will not oppose the House debt-ceiling bill if it moves through Congress successfully.

For more details on the House’s vote, read the Post’s coverage from Rosalind S. Helderman.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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