White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has told reporters that the White House is open to legislating a debt ceiling increase during the lame-duck session of Congress - the period after the midterm elections and before the new Congress comes into session in January.
- Jean-Pierre: "We are continuing to have conversations, we always do, with Congressional members."
- Jean-Pierre: "We believe [the debt ceiling] should not be used as political brinksmanship." Jean-Pierre says that the debt-ceiling was raised three times during the last administration by Republicans, "so there's no reason why we can't do this again."
- Jean-Pierre refuses to be drawn on whether Democrats should push to have the debt ceiling permanently lifted: "I'm not going to get into specifics on how they're going to move forward on doing this."