First on CNN: House Dems target Republicans on eve of debt limit deadline
October 16th, 2013
07:40 AM ET
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First on CNN: House Dems target Republicans on eve of debt limit deadline

Washington (CNN) - As the House makes its next move in the ongoing fight to end the government shutdown and avoid a default, the House Democratic campaign arm will target Republicans in 60 districts on Wednesday, blaming them for a possible downgrading of the government's rating with a Wall Street bond-firm.

Rating agency Fitch on Tuesday warned of a downgrade of gold-plated U.S. bonds, citing "political brinkmanship" as the reason for the default risk.

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Fitch still has the U.S. rated AAA, the highest possible grade, but the country is now on "rating watch negative," meaning that there is increased possibility of a downgrade in the near future. Debt ceiling countdown: What happens next

On the eve of the deadline to raise the debt limit, Congress has yet to reach an agreement.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will send releases that name 60 Republicans whose "reckless brinkmanship" led to the Fitch warning.

"This is it – today is the last opportunity for Congressman (Name) to end the reckless antics and focus on responsible solutions or else he will have turned America into a deadbeat nation," Emily Bittner of the DCCC says in the release.

It's the latest round of attacks between the two political parties in the Congressional stalemate.

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa said Democrats, not Republicans, are the ones at fault for the country teetering on the edge of an important deadline for the economy.

"(House Republicans) put an offer on the table, and then (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid rejected it. Then another offer, another offer, another offer. Actually four offers out there before we started in the incremental financing component of this," he said Wednesday on CNN's "Day Day," adding that the President and Senate Democrats have "refused to negotiate in each step of the way."

The Democratic-led Senate refused to take up any measure that tied changes to Obamacare to must-pass spending legislation, a strategy Republicans used to try and chisel away at the president's signature health care law.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Money's James O'Toole contributed to this report.

Filed under: Congress • DCCC • Debt • Government Shutdown
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  1. jinx9to88

    Who in their right mind would believe anything that Rep Steve King would say? He is bought and paid for unlike the bills that the GOP raked up in the last Admin and now its time to pay and the GOP closed the check book. I hate to bring up Bush Admin but it is what it is, the two wars were not on the books until Obama took office and now its on his balance sheet

    October 16, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The establishment Republicans need to be launching this sort of campaign against the Tea Party members if they do not want to just simply give those seats to the Democrats without a fight.

    October 16, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. smith

    @Jinxy-Cry me a river. GWB took over paying Clinton`s war reperations for the war in Kosovo and the US was over 5 trillion in debt. Every president takes on the past debt. It didn`t just start with Obama. I love how Obama supporters act like we had no debt before GWB. Stop lying.

    October 16, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. What's in that tea anyway?

    Today all the MSMs are finally speaking about the "ugly beast" in the room, the thing that motivates the Tea Party ...Its Racism. The ugliest stains ever visited on this country.

    Are you proud to be a card carrying member of this group?.....Confederate Flag waving? Really?

    October 16, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. VET-2

    What a ridiculous comment, this falls squarely on the backs of the TEAPUBLICANS and the cult following they have. The followers are willing to surrender anything and everything for what has been described as a religious cause!! The house republicans singing "Amazing Grace" in congress is clear example of the level of fanaticism that is playing out by these disturbed and overly emotional, irrational members of congress. It should be clear that they are not serving all Americans in the national sense, but only placating their constituents at the district level and forgetting the rest of the nation. Pathetic is the word for this group of individuals and lastly, the Speaker is no Speaker. When a special interest can insert themselves and dictate to congress and the speaker on which direction to vote we should well know that there is a shadow government running the republicans/teapublicans in the background. What a shame

    October 16, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    smith – stop lying. W took the $7.5 trillion debt from Reagan and his daddy, and drove it over $12 trillion with his unfunded wars and tax cuts. Sadly, those wars and tax cuts did not end the day Obama was elected. We will be paying for republican stupidity for generations.

    October 16, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. Rudy NYC


    @Jinxy-Cry me a river. GWB took over paying Clinton`s war reperations for the war in Kosovo and the US was over 5 trillion in debt. Every president takes on the past debt.
    What alternate reality are you broadcasting from? Clinton passed on a $350 billion annual budget surplus. George W. Bush passed on a $8500 billion annual budget deficit for FY2008-2009, and that was before you add another $700 billion for TARP.

    BTW, you do realize that most of the 5 trillion was incurred under Reagan.

    October 16, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The Republican Party establshment will secretly express a sigh of relief and thanks if Democrats break the Tea Party strangle hold on their party.

    October 16, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. What's in that tea anyway?

    The CNN Robert Redford enterview was insightful. Seldom do I take an actor's take on a political situation wholesale, but Mr. Redford was spot on and St. Ronnie was an actor for most of his career.

    October 16, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. ST

    If I will go knowingly and smash windows of any building, I will be held up and be punished accordingly. If these congress people with their negligence will let the country default, they must be held accountable, be put in prisons and pay for the sins they have done to the country while knowing what they were doing and the repercussion of it.

    October 16, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. smith

    @kool-aid heads-You totally missed my point. My point was that past presidents pass on debt and bills. I don`t care if they are repub or dem. That is a fact.

    October 16, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. napeaque

    What is needed here are 20 sane Republican congressmen who will inform the House leadership that as of this afternoon they will be caucusing with the Democrats. New Speaker of the House, new Committee Chairpersons and an instant vote. The Democrats need only assure them that they will be cross endorsed in their home districts. End of tea party power.

    October 16, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. S. B. Stein

    I don't think that the first try to get a budget through that tried to defund the law (ACA) being sent. The problem is that anything after that should have been seen as a futile effort that wasted time. Passing a budget and raising the debt ceiling should not be held up over a law that has already been passed.

    October 16, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Rudy NYC


    @kool-aid heads-You totally missed my point. My point was that past presidents pass on debt and bills. I don`t care if they are repub or dem. That is a fact.
    Every president passes on some debt and bills. Yeah, we knew that already. So, what's your point? If you're suggesting that we can erase all of our outstanding debt during a single term, then you're talking nonsense. What's most important is the growth rate of the national debt.

    George W. Bush put the debt on a solid rocket booster, lit the fuse, walked away, and the entire right wing was happy with blueberry pie on their faces, daring anyone to point it out the mess. Barack Obama has signed almost no new debts into law. Most of our excess spending comes from legislation signed into law prior to Barack Obama taking the oath as U.S. Senator, much less as President.

    October 16, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |