A short-term debt ceiling increase approved in the Senate and blistering testimony by a Facebook whistleblower against her former employer are expected to dominate this Sunday’s show circuit.
Last month, Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenDemocrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision Hoyer signals House vote on bill to 'remove' debt limit threat Biden's IRS proposal could mark the end of privacy in banking MORE told lawmakers in a letter that the United States appeared to be on course to default on its debt in October “once all available measures and cash on hand are fully exhausted.” In her letter, she said that since Aug, 1, “extraordinary measures” were being taken to prevent the country from defaulting on its debt, noting that those would run out in the fall.
Yellen warned congressional leaders they should not wait until the last minute to increase or suspend the debt limit, arguing that it “can cause serious harm to business and consumer confidence, raise short-term borrowing costs for taxpayers, and negatively impact the credit rating of the United States."
Those warnings were followed up again toward the end of September again, when Yellen said that the country could risk defaulting on its debt if no congressional action was taken before Oct. 18.
Tensions over how lawmakers were going to raise the debt ceiling led to a stalemate between Senate Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerBiden's Supreme Court commission ends not with a bang but a whimper Hispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHoyer signals House vote on bill to 'remove' debt limit threat Biden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan MORE (R-Ky.)
Originally, the GOP pushed for Senate Democrats to pass a long-term debt hike on their own through the budget reconciliation process, a move that would allow them to bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster.
However, McConnell and Schumer came to an agreement earlier this week in which the GOP would agree to expedite the reconciliation process if Democrats agreed to raise the debt ceiling through the process on their own.
According to estimates from the Treasury Department, the debt ceiling would be extended into early December after increasing it by $480 billion.
Yellen is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “This Week.”
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen blasted her former employer during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing, arguing that it failed to adequately police its own content and claimed that the social media company was “understaffed” to address issues.
The hearing followed a series of bombshell reports by The Wall Street Journal, which included company documents Haugen leaked to the news outlet. The report alleged that Facebook knew that Instagram was harming younger users; claimed that the company did not adequately address coronavirus misinformation and did not do enough to stop drug cartels and human traffickers who were using its site.
Haugen argued that Facebook should be held accountable for its mistakes.
“Facebook should not get a free pass on choices it makes to prioritize growth and virality and reactiveness over public safety. They shouldn’t get a free pass on that because they're paying for their profits right now with our safety,” she said on Tuesday.
"Thank you so much Ms. Haugen, for shedding a light on how Facebook time and time again has put profit over people. When their own research found that more than 13 percent of teen girls say that Instagram made their thoughts of suicide worse, what did they do? They proposed Instagram for kids,” Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Minn.) said during the hearing.
Those allegations were refuted by Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, and by Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergEx-Facebook data scientist to testify before British lawmakers A defense for Facebook and global free speech Senate Democrat calls on Facebook to preserve documents related to whistleblower testimony MORE after the hearing.
In a blog post in September following the publication of The Wall Street Journal, Clegg claimed that the investigations “contained deliberate mischaracterizations of what we are trying to do, and conferred egregiously false motives to Facebook’s leadership and employees.”
"At the heart of this series is an allegation that is just plain false: that Facebook conducts research and then systematically and willfully ignores it if the findings are inconvenient for the company," Clegg wrote.
Clegg is scheduled to be on ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet The Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union.” Klobuchar is scheduled to be on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Below are the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows:
ABC’s “This Week” — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Clegg; Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Sen. Whitehouse blasts Alito speech: 'You have fouled your nest, not us' Breyer: Supreme Court 'fallible,' but has served US 'pretty well' MORE (D-R.I.); former White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamGrisham thinks Trump will run in 2024 and have no 'guardrails' Sunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony CNN's Brianna Keilar, Admiral Giroir spar over Trump administration's COVID-19 response MORE.
CBS’ “Face the Nation" — Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' Schiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon MORE (D-Calif.); Fiona Hill, former National Security Council senior director for European and Russian affairs; Mary C. Daly, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Clegg; Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says FDA data shows J&J vaccine should have been two shots Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year Arkansas governor backs employer vaccine mandates MORE, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); Terry McAuliffe, Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia.
“Fox News Sunday” — Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' Who is afraid of the EU's carbon border adjustment plan? MORE (D-Del.); Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP's embrace of Trump's false claims creates new perils House GOP campaign arm raises .8 million in third quarter The Hill's 12:30 Report - The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - 90-year-old 'Star Trek' actor describes space visit MORE (R-La.)
Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” -- Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit Here are the 11 GOP senators who helped advance the debt extension MORE (R-Wyo.), Republican Conference Chairman, Senate; Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySchiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House House GOP campaign arm raises .8 million in third quarter McCarthy raises nearly M so far this year MORE (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader; John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeSunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony Biden, Trump battle over who's to blame for Afghanistan Sunday shows preview: US grapples with rising COVID-19 cases MORE, Former Director of National Intelligence; Candace Owens, Author, "Blackout"