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Minnesota lawmakers point fingers as debt ceiling deadline closes in

Some Minnesota Democrats want the president to be ready to invoke the 14th Amendment to avoid a default


Patrick Semansky, Associated Press

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., called out President Joe Biden on Tuesday as the debt ceiling standoff continued.

WASHINGTON - The risk of a default has some Minnesota lawmakers blaming the opposing party as Congress faces a dwindling window to take action.

"What is Joe Biden and his administration willing to give to provide solutions to the debt ceiling crisis and put this country on a better financial path?" House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, a Minnesota Republican, said during a news conference this week. "If he can't answer the question, again, it is Joe Biden and the Democrats who will have to explain to every American why they decided to default for the first time in this nation's history."

The U.S. hit the debt limit in January, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in a letter Monday that the Treasury could be "unable to pay all the government's bills" as soon as June 1.


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