A raise of the debt ceiling is a big deal
in these talks, say some insiders on TPM:
Implicitly responding to House Speaker John Boehner's warning to President Obama that raising the nation's debt ceiling will come with "a price," a top Senate Democrat said Tuesday that an increase in borrowing authority will have to be part of whatever package Congress and the White House settle on to avert automatic spending cuts and tax increases at the end of the year.
"I think honestly it's going to be closer to $4 trillion when it's all said and done, and I also think that the President isn't going to sign off on any agreement that doesn't include some certainty as to budgets, appropriations, dealing with our debt ceiling," said Senate Dem Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) after a policy speech at the liberal Center for American Progress. "We're not going to find ourselves at some big party celebrating in February and then turn around in March and have another doomsday scenario with the debt ceiling. We've got to get this done as one big package."