As the Treasury Department’s June 5 deadline for a default rapidly approaches,Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is now reportedly planning to vote against the debt limit bill on Wednesday, according to her office.
One of the most prominent progressive members of Congress, the New York representative already indicated she would reject the proposal.
After weeks of difficult discussions between the two sides, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and President Biden announced on Saturday that they had struck a tentative agreement on a debt ceiling resolution.
The next day, McCarthy made the bill’s text public.
The plan has drawn criticism from other progressives as well as a handful of members on the other side of the aisle, raising doubts about Congress’ ability to enact it in time.
Even with the compromise, certain House Republicans, including Reps. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), Chip Roy (R-Texas), and Wesley Hunt (R-Texas), have stated they intend to vote against the debt ceiling bill.
However, the proposal overcame a significant obstacle Tuesday night when it was approved by the House Rules Committee on a 7-6 vote, despite Roy and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) joining Democrats in opposing it.
Although that is a crucial success for the bill’s supporters, its future is still uncertain as both parties try to mobilize their members in advance of a floor debate on Wednesday.