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Durbin: Debt Limit Hike Will Have To Be Part Of Budget Deal


The latest dustup over the debt limit isn't necessarily a harbinger of a new hostage fight over the country's creditworthiness. But it at least suggests that Boehner is using the need to raise the debt ceiling in the coming weeks to offset the leverage the expiring Bush tax cuts provides Obama.

The White House has insisted in the past that it won't enter new brinksmanship with Congressional Republicans even if the debt limit isn't raised as part of a bipartisan legislative package. But Democrats would clearly prefer to take that issue out of the equation as they negotiate a way to avoid automatic austerity in January -- and for now, Boehner won't let them.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at