WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Monday suggested there was a path forward to vote on the debt ceiling and avoid what would be the nation's first ever default. "I understand there was an agreement from the Republicans to do a very quick reconciliation by itself for the debt ceiling only," Manchin told reporters, referring to the ability to pass legislation with a simple majority in the Senate instead of the 60 votes typically needed. "I think that's our responsibility, to make sure that we take care of the debt ceiling. Democrats are now in control, so we want to make sure we do it and do it right," he added. "That pathway has been given. I don't know what's going to be done, but that pathway has been given." Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have been holding talks about resolving the debt ceiling. NBC News has reached out to both offices for comment. Asked later on Monday about a potential deal, Manchin said, "No details, we're negotiating." Schumer separately told reporters: "Hopefully we can come to an agreement to get this done." The . . . read the full article here.
Keywords: senate, pathway, manchin, debt, vote, indicates, ceiling, treasury, told, resolving, democrats, sure, votes, standoff
DATE: Monday, Dec. 15, Tuesday, last month, the end of the year
NORP: Democrats, Democratic, Republican, Republicans
MONEY: $1.7 trillion