House votes to suspend debt limit

A measure to suspend the nation’s legal limit on borrowing for nearly four months cleared a key vote in the House Wednesday, as Republicans broadly endorsed a new tactic that would temporarily remove the threat of a potentially calamitous government default from their ongoing fight with Democrats over government spending.

The measure, which would set aside the legal debt ceiling and allow the government to borrow as needed to meet spending obligations through May 18, was adopted on a 285 to 144 vote. There were 199 Republicans and 86 Democrats in favor, and 33 Republicans and 111 Democrats against.

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Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.
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