It Looks Like the Debt-Limit Stall Will Pass, and Last Until May 19

The Atlantic Wire

The Senate plans to vote on the debt-ceiling bill introduced in the House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters at midday today. The bill's passage now seems inevitable, given the endorsement of President Obama (voiced by Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday), the support of House Republicans (including an array of conservative stalwarts), and the strange mechanisms of the bill relies on.

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Basically, the bill doesn't technically raise the debt ceiling — hence the odd bravado worn by the GOP — but instead suspends the enforcement of the debt ceiling until May 19, when we can now expect a battle similar to the past week's. (The last time the country elected to ignore its debt ceiling without raising it was for an actual battle: the Second World War.) That's how the bill satisfies the House, the Senate, and the President without offering a permanent solution to the debt ceiling — an outcome so frustrating that some (like Ezra Klein & Co.) are suggesting we abolish the ceiling for good.

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