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H.R. 3693: To repeal the debt ceiling.

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What happens if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling by December 8? Basic government expenditures like Social Security checks might not go out, the nation’s credit rating could get downgraded, and borrowing money could be subject to much higher interest rates.

A Pennsylvania representative has a solution: eliminate the debt ceiling entirely.

What just happened in 2017

Congress faced a pressing deadline with huge consequences: the debt ceiling needed to be raised by September 29.

If that didn’t happen, essentially the government would have “run out of ...

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Brendan Boyle

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 7, 2017
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Sep 7, 2017


Introduced on Sep 7, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 7, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


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Sep 7, 2017

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H.R. 3693 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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