Murcowski Demands that the Debt Ceiling be Raised

Sen. Murkowski says it would be disastrous for nation if debt ceiling weren’t raised

JUNEAU, Alaska ( BECKY BOHRER  Associated Press) — Alaska’s senior senator said Wednesday that the focus of the debt ceiling debate needs to be on the future of the country — not on the political futures of the players.


Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told The Associated Press that it would be disastrous for the U.S. if the debt ceiling weren’t raised. Murkowski said the country must live within its means, but failing to raise the debt limit won’t just prevent new spending. She said it will also prevent the government from honoring existing obligations to entitlement programs, like Medicare and Social Security.


It’s an “extraordinarily difficult time for our nation and its fiscal, financial stability,” she said. “We have a great deal of very difficult decisions that need to be made. Those decisions are real and substantive, and political cover will be viewed for just exactly that.


“We need to be solving the problem,” she said, “not trying to one-up the other side.”


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