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US senator pledges to use all tools to prevent any debt ceiling deal without spending reform

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — U.S. Sen. Mike Lee vowed on Thursday to use all available tools to prevent any potential deal to raise the debt ceiling if legislation does not provide for significant spending reforms.

“I will use every procedural tool at my disposal to prevent a debt ceiling agreement that does not contain substantial spending and fiscal reforms,” said Lee, a Republican from Utah.

He expressed concern that ongoing negotiations between the White House and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are heading in that direction.

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“If they do, this proposal will not go smoothly in the Senate,” he warned.

On Wednesday, McCarthy said Republican leaders in Congress and the White House still remain far apart on some issues related to raising the $34.1 trillion national debt ceiling, prompting him to send negotiators to another round of talks.

U.S. House Republicans passed a plan last month to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for government spending cuts, though President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected proposal.

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