Republicans’ debt-ceiling plans are ‘reckless’ White House says

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a briefing at the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans’ plans to use the debt ceiling to pressure Congress to cut government spending are “reckless,” the White house said Tuesday, and could threaten the U.S. economy.

Any move by Republicans to use the debt ceiling as a “political football” if they win control of Congress would be “reckless,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

“It is reckless. It is playing a reckless game with our economy,” Jean-Pierre said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Editing by Franklin Paul)