NBC News reporter Luke Russert appeared on MSNBC’s Now on Thursday where he outlined the emerging details of a potential deal that could temporarily raise the debt ceiling. Among the problems with this proposal, Russert said, is that it extends the deadline on the debt ceiling to November 22, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This, Russert added, would “look bad optically.”
Russet began by noting that the deal to extend the debt ceiling does not address the government shutdown. “How long does a government shutdown go for?” Russert asked. “Does it go all the way to Thanksgiving? Does it go all the way to Christmas? Can the economy withstand that?”
Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart asked Russert to clarify if he said that one aspect of the deal would be that the Treasury Department could not appeal to “extraordinary measures” in order to put the debt ceiling deadline off as they have in the past. Russert confirmed that was the case.
“The idea is the debt limit would be extended until November 22, which is by the way the 50th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy,” Russet said. “Which is a whole other thing.”
“[It] would probably look bad optically,” he added.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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