Carney: Obama ‘Happy’ That House Is Willing To Raise Debt Limit

AP

President Barack Obama is pleased that Republicans at least seem willing to raise the debt ceiling, if only for a short period, instead of threatening the full faith and credit of the U.S., White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday.

Asked about a new House GOP proposal that would extend the debt limit by six-week period, but sustain a government shutdown, Carney sounded an optimistic note but stressed that the administration would need to see the actual bill.

“The president is happy that at least cooler heads seem to be prevailing in House,” Carney told reporters at a daily press conference.

“The president strongly prefers a longer term solution,” Carney added. “We’ll see what the House Republicans propose and see what they are able to pass.”

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