The debt limit is upon Congress, challenging lawmakers to address rising spending and debt with serious budget reforms.
While the administration and its supporters demand a “clean,” no-strings attached increase in the $18.1 trillion debt limit before Nov. 3, the GOP is struggling to maneuver. They’re in effect trying to save face before the American people while still meeting the administration’s demands.

A Tricky Proposition
The Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative lawmakers, has proposed a plan to address the problem, which the (still) House speaker, John Boehner, R-Ohio, must sell to the rest of his conference.