White House press secretary Jen Psaki offered a glib response when asked what President Joe Biden would say to people concerned with Congress delaying the next national debt fight until 2023.
"I'm not sure what American person is saying that or is concerned about the debt limit, but maybe there's somebody you've met on the street," Psaki told a reporter on Tuesday. "I don't know."
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Psaki said Biden believed avoiding a debt default should be a bipartisan effort rather than Republicans relying on the Democrats-only reconciliation process.
"The American people shouldn't be worried about whether or not elected officials are doing what they should do and raising the debt limit to make sure we're covering bills that have already been incurred," she said.
"This is something that should just be done in due course, as it's been done more than 80 times," she added. "We want to ensure people are getting their Social Security benefits, that retirees are being paid, military, and that there's no risk to the U.S. economy."
She sidestepped a question earlier in the briefing on whether Biden would consider scrapping the borrowing limit altogether.
Biden's Office of Management and Budget released a statement Tuesday imploring Congress to take "quick action" by passing the Senate's debt deal and "fulfilling this fundamental legislative and constitutional responsibility."
"The administration also appreciates the bipartisan support to authorize an expeditious process to complete this legislation," OMB stated.
Senate Democrats will vote Tuesday to lift the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion, expected to be enough to cover the federal government's obligations “into 2023." While 14 Republicans backed a procedural measure to facilitate Tuesday’s vote, they are not anticipated to endorse the final passage.
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had predicted her department would run out of money to service the country's debt, now more than $27 trillion, by Dec. 15.