No negotiations with Republicans on U.S. debt limit: senior Democrat

Murray and Ryan hold a news conference to introduce The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonDemocrats in Congress will not negotiate with Republicans demanding concessions in exchange for raising the U.S. debt ceiling, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee said on Friday. “We will not negotiate over whether or not the United States of America should pay its bills,” Senator Patty Murray said in a letter to colleagues. “And once again, before they get any further down this damaging path, we call on our Republican colleagues to not play politics with our economic recovery.” The United States is expected to reach the debt ceiling in late February and debt-limit fights have proven costly in the past, helping cost the United States its top-tier credit rating from Standard and Poor’s in 2011. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said his fellow Republicans will not pass a debt increase without some concessions from Democrats.

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