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House to Debate Debt Ceiling Bill as GOP Confronts Last-minute Holdouts

Moderate and conservative Republicans aired concerns with the bill overnight

The House is set to begin debate Wednesday on a Republican bill to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, slash federal spending and repeal some of President Joe Biden's top legislative accomplishments, after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) embarked on a last-minute scramble to win over a handful of holdouts in his ranks.

With a final vote expected as soon as this afternoon, top GOP lawmakers have expressed a measure of confidence about their legislative prospects even as they acknowledge they have little room for error, since their slim majority — and persistent ideological schisms — could easily frustrate their plans.

The day began with a rallying cry from McCarthy, who gathered his conference for a private meeting in the Capitol to build momentum around the so-called Limit, Save, Grow Act. The House speaker urged haste, according to lawmakers in attendance, who stressed that Republicans are looking to lay down a marker and force the White House to engage in direct talks around spending.

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