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Maine Sen. Susan Collins, the top Senate GOP appropriator, won a commitment to take up a supplemental spending bill as part of her consent to a debt limit deal with defense spending caps.

Implications of the debt limit deal

Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., and members of the House Freedom Caucus hold a news conference outside the Capitol to oppose the debt limit deal on Tuesday.

Meet the House members who voted against the debt limit deal 

House Minority Whip Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., conducts a news conference on the debt ceiling on Wednesday.

Debt limit rule adopted after Democrats ride to rescue

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Debt bill dissatisfaction threatens deeper GOP rift

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., left, confers with Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., at the House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Debt limit deal clears key hurdle; more land mines await

Speaker Kevin McCarthy is seen after talking with reporters about the debt ceiling negotiations outside the Capitol on Thursday.

Debt limit deal appears close as negotiators keep working

President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., share a laugh in March, prior to the start of negotiations.

Leadership dynamics explain why there’s still no debt limit deal

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., arrives at the Capitol during the last votes of the week on Thursday.

Parties moving closer on debt ceiling deal as talks drag on

Rep. Pramila Jayapal speaks about the debt ceiling negotiations during the Congressional Progressive Caucus news conference in the Capitol on Wednesday.

Debt limit vibe back on the upswing after White House meeting

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., talks with reporters about the debt ceiling negotiations in the Capitol Visitor Center on Tuesday.

Another day, another pause in debt ceiling negotiations

Reps. Garret Graves, R-La., left, and Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., speak to reporters about debt ceiling negotiations as they leave the House Republicans’ conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.

Wide gulf between debt limit negotiators as time grows short

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., leaves a meeting in the speaker’s suite in the Capitol on Monday.

McCarthy: No deal yet, but debt limit meeting ‘productive’

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, left, and Speaker Kevin McCarthy attend the portrait unveiling for former Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., in Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Wednesday.

Contours of debt limit deal start to take shape

Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves the Capitol  last Thursday.

House votes to refer Santos matter to Ethics panel

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., conducts a news conference with House and Senate Republicans on the west terrace of the Capitol on Wednesday.

Party leaders optimistic as debt limit negotiators get to work

Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell address the media after a meeting with President Joe Biden on the debt ceiling at the White House on Tuesday.

Debt limit talks pared down to proxies for Biden, McCarthy

Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., pictured leaving the Capitol last week a day after he was indicted on 13 federal criminal charges, faces an expulsion vote.

McCarthy parries move on Santos expulsion by invoking Ethics Committee

Senate Minority Whip John Thune says senators are prepared for 'all kinds' of potential scenarios.

Recess starting to feel distant as debt limit deadline nears

Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced several changes to his staff on Friday.

Kevin McCarthy’s chief of staff Dan Meyer to retire in June

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., conducts a vote Thursday on the Republican border security package.

House-passed border bill may spark bipartisan immigration talks

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., was among the holdouts Wednesday on a sweeping GOP border security package.

House GOP makes last-minute tweaks to border security bill

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, says a China competition package Democrats want to assemble can be bipartisan if they keep it targeted and avoid letting it become "some sort of omnibus Christmas bill."

Republicans leery of Democrats’ China competition plan

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., conducts a news conference with Democratic committee chairs on the legislative package to combat the Chinese government and bolster U.S. competitiveness in the Capitol on Wednesday.

Senate Democrats announce sweeping effort to outcompete China

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during the Senate Republicans’ news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday.

Senate, for now, defers to Biden and McCarthy on debt talks

Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen testifies during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on March 16, 2023.

Yellen to lawmakers: Debt limit must be raised by June

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., vowed to pursue a "clean" debt limit increase that rejects GOP spending cuts.

Search for debt limit compromise

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., the former No. 2 House Democrat, says at minimum "rational" spending limits would have to be on the table.

Common ground on the debt limit? Here’s what to look for

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., returns to his office after a vote on Wednesday.

House passes $1.5 trillion debt limit increase, spending cuts

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is seen in the Capitol on April 20. He predicted a passage vote will happen later on Wednesday.

House GOP leaders forge ahead with debt limit vote

House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo., right, confers with an aide before the start of the House Rules Committee meeting on the debt limit bill on Tuesday.

GOP leaders try to woo holdouts ahead of debt limit vote

Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., says she plans to vote against her party’s debt limit package unless House leaders agree to changes.

Energy tax credits a big test for GOP vote counters on debt bill

Rep. Young Kim, R-Calif., is among those backing the debt limit package despite Democrats' attacks.

Biden district Republicans hold their fire on debt ceiling bill

Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks to reporters in Statuary Hall in the Capitol after announcing his debt limit increase plan on the House floor on Wednesday.

Republicans urge tweaks to House debt limit bill ahead of vote

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer is seen at a news conference after the 
Senate luncheons in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

Firefighter grants pass Senate after amendment agreement

Speaker Kevin McCarthy has spent months trying to stitch together a plan his slim majority can support.

Debt limit bill in hand, McCarthy eyes vote next week

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer has the thankless job of corralling the votes from a fractious GOP conference.

Climate credits, IRS funds snarl GOP debt limit talks

Speaker Kevin McCarthy has a tough job ahead wrangling votes in his chamber.

McCarthy blasts Biden, Democrats over debt limit

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is trying to unite his party around a bill pairing a debt limit increase with spending constraints. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The politics of raising the debt limit

Rep. Jared Golden finishes the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race in Anacostia Park on Sept. 29, 2021.

Centrist Maine Democrat floats compromise debt limit plan

Rep. Stephanie Bice, R-Okla., co-chair of Main Street Caucus in her Rayburn Building office on March 22, 2023.

GOP debt limit plans begin to take shape in House

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is seen in the Capitol subway on Feb. 15.

Feinstein to temporarily step down from Judiciary Committee after calls to resign

Sen. John Fetterman arrives for a classified briefing in the Senate on Feb. 14, the day before he checked into Walter Reed to be treated for depression. Fetterman was discharged Friday and returned home to Pennsylvania.

Fetterman discharged from Walter Reed, depression in remission

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pressed President Joe Biden to resume debt limit talks while pushing for $4 trillion in deficit reduction over a decade.

Debt limit pressure tactics

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said  Thursday that Republicans are "very close" to coalescing around a debt limit bill that would include fiscal policy changes he floated to President Joe Biden.

House will move debt limit bill if Biden won’t negotiate

House Budget Chairman Jodey C. Arrington, R-Texas, right, and ranking member Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, D-Pa., during a committee meeting last month.

Budget blueprint may take a back seat to debt limit in House

President Joe Biden

Biden rejects McCarthy’s call for meeting without a GOP budget

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., right, and ranking member Rand Paul, R-Ky., are shown at the panel's markup of the firefighter bill on March 15.

Paul eyes floor votes on firefighter bill after committee spat

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., conducts a news conference in the Capitol on March 24.

McCarthy to Biden on debt limit: ‘You are on the clock’

"The main goal is to lower energy prices," House Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., said in a recent interview. "But there's some benefits that come along with that, like energy security and also national security. And in the process of that, you get economic growth in the U.S."

House GOP’s energy bill hitting the floor amid market volatility

House Budget Chairman Jodey C. Arrington, center, says a Republican budget will be delayed as the party pushes for debt limit talks.

Spending cuts standoff