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Debt Ceiling Deadline Falls in Trump’s First 100 Days but Fix May Not
Conservatives prepping deficit reduction plans to pair with any increase

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert is working on deficit reduction proposals that members say could be paired with an increase in the debt ceiling. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Republicans about to have unified control of the government ready their 100-day agenda, one thing is notably missing: a plan for addressing the government’s borrowing authority when the current debt limit suspension expires on March 15.

Congress suspended the debt ceiling as part of a budget deal former Speaker John A. Boehner negotiated before leaving office in the fall of 2015. When the suspension lifts, the cap will need to be raised or suspended again for the United States to avoid default.

Gubernatorial Losers Descend on Next Congress
Up to six new House Members previously lost a race for governor

Rep.-elect Anthony Brown, who lost a governor’s race in Maryland two years ago, walks down the House steps for the 115th Congress freshman class group photo during the first week of orientation on Nov. 15. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Getting to know your new classmates is always an awkward experience, but a handful of new House members will have at least one thing in common: losing a race for governor.

Two years ago, Democrat Anthony Brown lost the Maryland gubernatorial race to Republican Larry Hogan in an upset, 51 percent to 47 percent. But the former lieutenant governor rebounded to win a competitive Democratic primary this year in Maryland’s 4th District when Rep. Donna Edwards decided to run for the Senate. Brown cruised in the general election and will be coming to Congress next year.

House, Senate Republicans Schedule Joint Retreat
The GOP majorities will meet in Philadelphia

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will lead Republicans on a joint retreat Jan. 25 to 27 in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House and Senate Republicans will hold a joint retreat from January 25 to 27 in Philadelphia to discuss priorities for the 115th Congress. 

The caucuses hold annual retreats to sort out their affairs. Republicans have opted for bicameral gatherings the past two years that the GOP has held a majority in the Senate. This year's gather will come days after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in.