>> Don't mess with my Medicaid!>> Healthcare and the Russia probe dominate headlines, but there's another issue on the horizon that could soon push Washington to the breaking point, the debt ceiling. Congress will have to sign off on continued borrowing within months to avoid defaulting on the US debt.
>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington. And I've been speaking with somebody who watches the debt limit as closely as anybody on Capitol Hill. Representative John Yarmuth, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, he's expecting a sharp departure from the high drama of recent years when political gamesmanship pushed the country to the brink of default.
Telling Reuters that he expects Democrats and Republicans to come together and raise the debt limit. Three conditions that might cause one side or the other to balk.>> Ultimately we will end up with essentially a clean debt ceiling built.>> Yarmuth saying his Democrats won't try to leverage the situation for political gain.
>> We're fully prepared to vote on a clean debt ceiling bill, one that does nothing but raise the debt ceiling and acknowledges and pays the debts that we've incurred as a country. We don't think that you should play games with the full faith and credit of the United States Government.
>> The Kentucky law maker, defending House Democratic, leader Nancy Pelosi, whose been taking heat this week after her party lost it's fourth special election in a row. Yarmuth is saying that Democrats are overreacting to the loss.>> I can't come up with anybody who would raise the kind of money that she raises that would provide the kind of internal leadership that she has provided.
You can't really lay it all on Nancy Pelosi's doorstep.>> But Yarmuth, one of a dwindling number of congressional democrats from conservative-leaning states, saying his party needs to do a better job of listening to voters.>> Politics, to me, is about convincing people you understand the challenges they face in life.
>> Yarmuth has a provocative take on his fellow Kentuckian, Mitch McConnell, who's leading the Republican effort in the Senate to repeal and replace Obamacare. Saying McConnell really doesn't want to succeed, because then his Republicans would get blamed for all of the shortcomings in the US healthcare system.>> My reading is that he'd just as soon see that bill fail.
But his members have to have a vote so they can go home and say, we tried.