Inside House Democrats’ fight over debt ceiling messaging


In a closed-door Democratic whip meeting on Thursday, Rep. Jahana Hayes challenged her party’s leadership team on the caucus’ debt ceiling messaging strategy.

“Why aren’t we staying this weekend?” the Connecticut Democrat asked, suggesting that the party should remain in Washington despite Republicans adjourning the House for Memorial Day recess just days ahead of a possible default on the federal debt. “We should stay here and ask Republicans how they can go home.”

“She’s right,” added Rep. Debbie Dingell. The Michigan Democrat was supposed to officiate her goddaughter’s wedding in Italy this weekend, but decided to cancel her trip and instead stay behind in D.C., according to a source familiar with her plans.