GOP Rep: ‘Somebody Needs To Convince Me Why We Need To Raise The Debt Ceiling’

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) continued to express skepticism about the impending debt ceiling deadline, telling reporters Wednesday that he needs to be persuaded about the threat of default.

“Somebody needs to convince me why we need to raise the debt ceiling,” Yoho said, according to The Hill.

Yoho is a part of a group of Republicans who have dismissed the risks associated with the mid-October debt limit deadline. Economists across the board say that failure by Congress to raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17 could lead to default and economic turmoil.

But earlier this week, Yoho said that he believes default “would bring stability to the world markets.”



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