Sen. John Cornyn: ‘We will raise the debt ceiling’

Republicans will raise the debt ceiling and will not let the country default, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) told the Houston Chronicle editorial board.

"We will raise the debt ceiling. We're not going to default on our debt," the Republican whip said. "I will tell you unequivocally, we're not going to default."

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has also said that the debt ceiling must be raised. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has said the borrowing limit should not be used for leverage: “If you incur an obligation, you have a responsibility to pay for that,” she told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

House Republicans are weighing a plan to raise the nation’s legal borrowing limit for just a few months. Some conservatives, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are open to the idea that the government could continue to function without an agreement to raise the limit. Ryan said Wednesday that he believes the White House would have the authority to prioritize spending in case the borrowing limit is not raised.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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