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Cramer: Short-term debt ceiling increase needed

WASHINGTON -- As the government shutdown continued through Wednesday as Republicans and Democrats continued to slug it out politically over budget issues, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said he thinks a short-term solution could be reached soon, giving lawmakers more time to negotiate.

"I'd like to see us have a clean, short-term debt ceiling increase and use that time to get the president to negotiate with us on all of the issues that relate to funding and borrowing," Cramer said. "That's what I'm encouraging (Republican) leadership to do. That would give us some time while also protecting the integrity of the full faith and credit of the U.S."

Cramer said he envisioned a "four-to-six week" time period for a possible short-term debt ceiling increase. The U.S. Treasury Department has stated an Oct. 17 deadline looms to raise the country's debt ceiling.

The congressman added that he sensed Washington was feeling "fatigue" over the government shutdown.

"Nobody really likes where we are," Cramer said. "Not Republicans and not Democrats. There are a lot of emotions flying high and I think it's a good idea to take a bit of a time out. A short-term debt ceiling agreement, I think, is what we need."

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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