Cantor Hopeful About Debt Ceiling Vote, But No Assurance Of Clean Increase

AP

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Sunday spoke with optimism about the chances of Congress raising the debt ceiling without any major fights or obstacles.

“I think the last month has seen Washington actually make some progress in getting along and getting things done. You know that the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal manifested into the budget vote, the spending bill that was passed a couple of weeks ago. And I think that did reflect the reality,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“What I believe is we can work something out, and I’m hopeful that the President and the Senate will work with us in the House to actually do what has typically been done with debt ceilings, which is making some progress towards addressing the spending problem in Washington, making some progress toward trying to grow the economy around the debt ceiling.”

While Cantor stopped short of saying that Republicans would agree to a clean debt limit increase, he assured that some sort of agreement would be reached on time.

“I’m confident there will be no default,” he said.

Cantor’s comments reflect statements other Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have made.

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