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Rep. Cole: GOP Support for Clean Debt Ceiling Increase a 'Tough Sell'

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Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 01:46 PM

Support for a "clean" debt ceiling increase is a "tough sell" for Republicans, according to Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.

"Most Republicans want to do something to lower the trajectory of the debt. I mean, a clean debt ceiling hike is like having a credit card and saying 'I've reached my limit, I'm just going to change the limit higher without changing any of my spending habits,'" Cole said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"That's a tough sell to Republicans. Democrats seem to be fine with that, but I think most of my colleagues aren't," Cole said on the MSNBC show.

Cole noted that President Donald Trump's administration had called for a clean hike.

"What administration doesn't ask for that?" Cole said in the interview.

The congressman said that he wants a measure to increase the debt ceiling, but he wants to add policies that will improve government spending and debt rules.

"This idea we can go on spending interminably and just simply raise the debt ceiling every time — sooner or later the credit markets are going to make that impossible to do. So let's reassure them and show them we're serious about lowering the deficits and eventually the long-term debt," Cole said in the "Morning Joe" interview.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., agreed with Cole on Thursday.

"There is no reason that when Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House that the debt ceiling should be lifted without putting in place measures to get a hold of our out-of-control spending and address our national debt," Meadows said in The Daily Beast.

Congress' deadline for a debt ceiling increase is Sept. 29, according to The Hill.

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