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White House Accuses GOP of ‘Economic Vandalism’ Over Debt Limit

  • Most in GOP willing to raise cap in return for spending cuts
  • Biden, Senate Democrats say they will not negotiate over issue
Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona.

Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

The White House accused congressional Republicans of “unprecedented economic vandalism” Wednesday after an Arizona congressman said the US should decline to raise the debt ceiling, intensifying the rhetorical battle over the spending limit.

The White House seized on comments made by Andy Biggs — an Arizona Republican who said he did not support increasing the debt ceiling – to accuse Republicans of risking a default that would “needlessly plunge the country into economic chaos, collapse, and catastrophe while giving our competitors like China an historic boost.”