Republicans are weighing a new fight with President Barack Obama over the need to lift America’s borrowing limit early next year, raising concerns that the fiscal truce established in last week’s bipartisan budget deal may be shortlived.
Paul Ryan, Republican chairman of the House budget committee, said yesterday that members of his party in Congress would meet in January to discuss what concessions they would seek from the White House in exchange for lifting the country’s debt ceiling.
“We don’t want nothing out of this debt limit. We’re going to decide what it is we’re going to accomplish out of this debt limit fight,” Mr Ryan told Fox News.
The budget deal he crafted with Patty Murray, a Democratic senator, was passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives but faces its final hurdle in the Senate this week. The agreement is expected to clear the upper chamber, but opposition from a number of high-profile Republican senators has left some uncertainty about the outcome.
瑞安与民主党参议员帕蒂•默里(Patty Murray)草拟的预算协议已在众议院(House of Representatives)高票通过，但本周在参议院面临最后障碍。预计参议院能通过该协议，但多位知名共和党参议员的反对给最终结果带来了一些不确定性。
“I feel we’ll have a good strong showing from the Democratic side, but we need bipartisan support to pass it,” Dick Durbin, a senior Democratic senator, told CBS.
The deal dramatically reduces the threat of a government shutdown over the next two years and unwinds some of the budget cuts introduced in March under “sequestration”.
Many view the deal, if passed, as marking the end of three years of vicious fiscal battles but Mr Ryan’s comments suggest that tensions could flare up again soon.
Renewed uncertainty over the debt ceiling comes as Federal Reserve officials prepare to decide on Wednesday whether to begin tapering, or slowing, the pace of their asset purchases in support of the US recovery.
A strong jobs report for November increased the likelihood that the Fed might initiate a small reduction in the rate of bond buys, as did news of the budget agreement last week. But Mr Ryan’s comments might temper any enthusiasm among Fed officials about the fiscal environment on Capitol Hill.