Pryor will vote to increase debt ceiling

Greg Nash

The most vulnerable Democratic senator up for reelection this year said Wednesday he will vote to increase the $17.2 trillion debt ceiling.

“I don’t want to see us default on our national debt,” Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.) said. 

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The bill is a "clean" increase through March 15, 2015, and has no policy changes attached to it. 

In an automated GOP poll from Harper Polling this week, Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonHow far will Cruz go in backing Trump? The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP rallies to Trump's 'law and order' message after Baton Rouge MORE (R-Ark.) leads Pryor 42 percent to 36 percent in the race Republicans feel most confident about winning. President Obama's approval rating in the state is 31 percent in the poll, which is in line with other surveys of Arkansas.

Vulnerable Sen. Mark BegichMark BegichSenate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Alaska) also said he is on board on Wednesday. 

“I have been consistent in making sure we don’t default on the bills that we owe,” he said. 

Begich is expected to have a tough race in the fall, likely against either Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) or former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R). 

It remains to be seen whether Sen. Kay HaganKay Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high MORE (D-N.C.) and Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (D-La.) will vote for the clean increase.

Hagan is tied with North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) in the Harper Polling survey while Landrieu is expected to have a close race with Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). An automated poll from Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling on Tuesday showed the two in a virtual tie.

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