Ocasio-Cortez says she’s voting against debt limit bill


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N. Y.) is planning to vote against the debt limit bill Wednesday as the Treasury Department’s June 5 deadline for a default fast approaches, according to her office.

The New York lawmaker, one of the highest-profile progressives in Congress, had earlier signaled she would oppose the legislation.

“My red line has already been surpassed,” Ocasio-Cortez said earlier this month. “I mean, where do we start? [No] clean debt ceiling. Work requirements. Cuts to programs. I would never — I would never — vote for that.”

Other progressives have also expressed concerns with the legislation, as have a number of lawmakers on the other side of the aisle, raising questions about whether Congress will be able to pass it in time.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and President Biden announced Saturday that they had reached a tentative agreement on a debt ceiling deal after weeks of tough negotiations between the two sides. McCarthy released the text of the bill the next day.... (Read more)

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