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Infertility affects about 9% of married women who are of childbearing age; according to a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

While couples can’t control all of the causes of infertility; they can control their eating habits. And, nutrition and a healthy body weight for both partners can have a significant impact on the ability to conceive.

 

 

Women and Fertility

To prepare for pregnancy and enhance fertility; maintain a healthy weight and choose foods that will create a safe and supportive home for your baby’s nine-month stay.

This should include sources of folic acid, iron, and other important nutrients.

 

Men and Fertility

Men also should try to maintain a healthy body weight and follow a balanced eating pattern, since male obesity may alter hormone levels.

Plus, low sperm count and poor sperm motility are common in men with overweight and obesity.

 

When it comes to food choices, load up on fruits and vegetables; which contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that may help create strong sperm.

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Find Your Healthy Weight

Increase your chance of getting pregnant by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Weight extremes can alter hormone levels and throw ovulation off schedule.

For women who are considered to be overweight or obese, due to a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 25, weight loss may improve fertility.

On the other hand, women who are classified as being underweight, with a BMI below 18.5 (18.5 to 24.9 signifies a normal weight), may experience irregular menstrual cycles or stop ovulating altogether.

Those who regularly participate in high-intensity exercise — such as gymnastics or dancing, have an eating disorder or follow restricted diets — often are at an increased risk.

Avoid going on fad diets, which can deplete your body of the nutrients it needs for pregnancy and find a healthy eating plan that works for you by talking to a registered dietitian nutritionist.

 

Include Adequate Amounts of Iron

An eating pattern rich in iron that comes from vegetables and supplements may lower the risk of ovulatory infertility, according to results from The Nurses’ Health Study II; which followed 18,500 female nurses trying to get pregnant. Ovulatory infertility is only one cause of infertility.

Vegetarian foods with iron include beans, lentils, spinach, fortified cereals, long-grain enriched rice and whole grains. Add vitamin C from citrus fruits, bell peppers or berries to your meals to enhance iron absorption.

 

The “Fertility Diet” Pattern

Published by a team of Harvard researchers in 2007, the “Fertility Diet” study— found women with ovulatory infertility who followed this eating pattern had a 66% lower risk of ovulatory infertility and a 27% reduced risk of infertility from other causes than women who didn’t follow the diet closely.

 

Women following the “fertility diet” chose:

  • Less trans fat and more monounsaturated fat (from foods such as avocados and olive oil)
  • Less animal protein and more vegetable protein
  • More high-fiber, low-glycemic carbohydrate-rich foods (including whole grains)
  • More vegetarian sources of iron and fewer meat sources
  • Multivitamins
  • High-fat dairy instead of low-fat dairy

 

In general, eating more vegetables and a variety of types, eating healthy monounsaturated fats instead of saturated and trans fats, making at least half your grains whole, and getting enough calcium-rich foods — including dairy — will help you meet nutrient needs and promote a healthy weight.

 

Don’t Forget Folic Acid

While it won’t make you more fertile, it is crucial that women trying to conceive obtain 400 micrograms per day of folic acid from supplements (if considering taking any supplements, including folic acid, talk to your health care provider first) and include foods such as dark leafy green vegetables and fortified grains.

 

Folic acid is needed to prevent neural tube defects.

 

The neural tube develops into the brain and spine three to four weeks after conception, before most women even realize they’re pregnant.

 

 

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UK: Self Assessment customers use monthly payment plans to pay £46 million in tax

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More than 20,000 Self Assessment customers have used HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) online monthly payment plan service since April to spread the cost of their tax bill, totalling £46 million so far, it has been revealed.

Where customers are struggling to pay their bill in full, the self-serve Time to Pay service allows Self Assessment customers to manage how they pay their tax liabilities. Customers can use the online service for tax bills worth up to £30,000 without the need to talk to HMRC. The service will create a bespoke monthly payment plan for the customer based on how much tax is owed and the length of time needed to pay.

Last year, 123,000 customers used self-serve Time to Pay to spread the cost of their 2019 to 2020 tax bill, worth £460 million.

Customers have until 31 January 2022 to complete their tax return for the 2020 to 2021 financial year and pay their bill. If they can’t pay in full, customers can set up their own Time to Pay arrangement online if they:

  • have filed their tax return for the 2020 to 2021 financial year
  • owe less than £30,000
  • are within 60 days of the payment deadline
  • plan to pay their debt off within the next 12 months or less

If customers owe more than £30,000, or need longer to pay, they should call the Self Assessment Payment Helpline on 0300 200 3822.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said:

We understand some customers might be worrying about paying their Self Assessment bill this year, and we want to support them. To see if you’re eligible to set up a payment plan, go to GOV.UK and search ‘pay my Self Assessment’.

Self-serve Time to Pay is just one way customers can pay their Self Assessment tax bill, a full list of alternative payment methods is available on GOV.UK.

HMRC urges everyone to be alert if they are contacted out of the blue by someone asking for money or personal information. Customers should always type in the full online address (www.gov.uk/hmrc) to get the correct link for filing their Self Assessment return online securely and free of charge. HMRC sees high numbers of fraudsters emailing, calling or texting people claiming to be from the department. If in doubt, HMRC advises not to reply directly to anything suspicious, but to contact them straight away and to search GOV.UK for ‘HMRC scams’.

Further information

Latest self-serve Time to Pay figures are for arrangements set up in the 2020 to 2021 financial year and are up to 28 November 2021.

Figures for the 2019 to 2020 financial year are from 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Find out more about how to declare taxable COVID-19 support in your tax return if you are self-employed, in a partnership or run a business.

If this is your first time completing an online tax return, you may be asked additional questions to prove your identity. To answer these questions, please have as many of the following to hand where relevant, when making your claim:

  • your UK passport
  • Northern Ireland (DVA – issued) driving licence
  • information held on your credit file (such as loans, credit cards or mortgages)
  • your Self Assessment tax return (within the last 3 years)
  • your tax credit claim
  • your P60
  • one of your 3 most recent payslips
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'People's Choice Awards' Winners 2021: Dwayne Johnson and Kim Kardashian Win Big

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The People’s Choice Awards, an awards ceremony where the winners are voted entirely by the U.S. public took place last night (Tuesday, December 7).

Dwayne Johnson was the big winner of the night, taking home Male Movie Star of 2021 and Comedy Movie Star of 2021, as well as receiving the honorary People’s Champion Award. Viewers were also treated to an iconic performance from Christina Aguilera, who received the inaugural Music Icon Award.

The list of famous faces and winners does not stop there. Newsweek has the full list below of the People’s Choice Awards winners.

The People’s Choice Awards Winners 2021

Spanning 40 categories covering movies, television, music, and pop culture, The People’s Choice Awards is one of the biggest nights for the entertainment industry.

The awards are voted for entirely by the public, unlike other awards ceremonies where a very small board of experts choose the winner they want to see take home the trophy.

Hosted by comedian Kenan Thompson at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, many famous faces took to the stage to present the awards, including Cardi B, Jojo Siwa, Laverne Cox, Lil Rel Howery, Leslie Jones, Chase Stokes, and Tracee Ellis Ross.

One thing is for sure, last night was a good night to be Dwayne Johnson.

The wrestler-turned-actor took home the honorary People’s Champion Award. After accepting the prize from Jeff Bezos, in a moving gesture, Johnson dedicated the award to the late Muhammad Ali and Shushana, a recipient for the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Johnson said: “For those who may know or for those who may not know, the original people’s champion was the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali,’ the Red Notice star said. ‘I first met Muhammed when I was a little boy and he was so cool to me. He was so kind and he was so funny. He was always wonderful to me.”

He added: “Years later to be standing here with you guys, you voted me the People’s Champion, the irony is not lost on me because I realize that what it means to be the People’s Champion is so much bigger than me. You treat people good, you treat people kind. You take care of people. You’re inclusive of people, all people, all colors, it doesn’t matter.”

Johnson then invited Shushana onto the stage, sharing her wish was to attend the People’s Choice Awards. He said: “This is a total surprise.. ‘I met her earlier. I told her how proud I was of her story. She is a fighter, she has inspired her family and friends. I want to tell you just how much you’ve inspired me and everyone around you and certainly everyone here.

“I want to give you this because you represent everything that it means to be a People’s Champion so this is for you.”

He also received trophies for Male Movie Star of 2021 and Comedy Movie Star of 2021 for his performance in Jungle Cruise.

The People’s Champion Award was not the only honor award of the evening.
Christina Aguilera received the inaugural Music Icon Award, Halle Berry took home the People’s Icon Award and Kim Kardashian received the Fashion Icon Award.

Accepting her award for Fashion Icon, Kardashian surprised fans by thanking her ex, Kanye West.

She said: “I am honestly so humbled to be here. I started off as a closet organizer and a stylist, so the fact that I’m winning a Fashion Icon Award is a pinch-me moment.

“I’m humbled every single day that designers are willing to work with me. There was a time when they weren’t. Thank you Zac Posen who dressed me and took me to my first CFDA Awards and so many amazing designers, like Ricardo [Tisci] and Olivier [Rousteing] that really believed in me. Well, [they] probably [were] talked into it by getting a call from Kanye.”

“So thank you to Kanye even for really introducing me to the fashion world. I fell in love with fashion. This is a dream that I get to wake up and wear these amazing clothes and try new things, take a risk. I’m so humbled.”

Other big nominations of the night were Justin Bieber with 10 nominations, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, and actors Selena Gomez, Tom Hiddleston, Florence Pugh, and Daniel Craig.

Newsweek has the full list of nominees and winners below:

The Movie of 2021

  • WINNER: Black Widow
  • Coming 2 America
  • F9: The Fast Saga
  • Dune
  • No Time to Die
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • The Tomorrow War
  • Venom: Let Their Be Carnage

The Comedy Movie of 2021

  • WINNER: Free Guy
  • Coming 2 America
  • He’s All That
  • Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • Thunder Force
  • Vacation Friends

The Action Movie of 2021

  • WINNER: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Black Widow
  • F9: The Fast Saga
  • Godzilla vs. Kong
  • No Time to Die
  • The Suicide Squad
  • The Tomorrow War
  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

The Drama Movie of 2021

  • WINNER: Cruella
  • A Quiet Place Part II
  • Dune
  • Fatherhood
  • Halloween Kills
  • In the Heights
  • Old
  • Respect

The Family Movie of 2021

  • Cinderella
  • WINNER: Luca
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • The Boss Baby: Family Business
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Vivo
  • Yes Day

The Male Movie Star of 2021

  • Chris Pratt (The Tomorrow War)
  • Daniel Craig (No Time to Die)
  • WINNER:Dwayne Johnson (Jungle Cruise)
  • Eddie Murphy (Coming 2 America)
  • John Cena (F9: The Fast Saga)
  • Ryan Reynolds (Free Guy)
  • Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)
  • Vin Diesel (F9: The Fast Saga)

The Female Movie Star of 2021

  • Awkwafina (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)
  • Charlize Theron (F9: The Fast Saga)
  • Florence Pugh (Black Widow)
  • Jennifer Hudson (Respect)
  • Leslie Jones (Coming 2 America)
  • Margot Robbie (The Suicide Squad)
  • Salma Hayek (Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard)
  • WINNER:Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)

The Drama Movie Star of 2021

  • Anthony Ramos (In the Heights)
  • Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place Part II)
  • Emma Stone (Cruella)
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween Kills)
  • Jason Momoa (Dune)
  • Jennifer Hudson (Respect)
  • WINNER: Kevin Hart (Fatherhood)
  • Timothée Chalamet (Dune)

The Comedy Movie Star of 2021

  • WINNER: Dwayne Johnson (Jungle Cruise)
  • Eddie Murphy (Coming 2 America)
  • Emily Blunt (Jungle Cruise)
  • Leslie Jones (Coming 2 America)
  • Melissa McCarthy (Thunder Force)
  • Octavia Spencer (Thunder Force)
  • Ryan Reynolds (Free Guy)
  • Salma Hayek (Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard)

The Action Movie Star of 2021

  • Charlize Theron (F9: The Fast Saga)
  • Chris Pratt (The Tomorrow War)
  • Daniel Craig (No Time to Die)
  • Florence Pugh (Black Widow)
  • John Cena (F9: The Fast Saga)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)
  • WINNER: Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)
  • Vin Diesel (F9: The Fast Saga)

The Show of 2021

  • Cobra Kai
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • WINNER: Loki
  • Saturday Night Live
  • The Bachelor
  • This Is Us
  • WandaVision

The Drama Show of 2021

  • Outer Banks
  • 9-1-1
  • Cobra Kai
  • WINNER: Grey’s Anatomy
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • The Equalizer
  • The Walking Dead
  • This Is Us

The Comedy Show of 2021

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Grown-ish
  • WINNER: Never Have I Ever
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Ted Lasso
  • The Upshaws
  • Young Rock

The Reality Show of 2021

  • 90 Day Fiancé
  • Bachelor in Paradise
  • Below Deck
  • Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
  • WINNER: Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta

The Competition Show of 2021

  • America’s Got Talent
  • American Idol
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • The Bachelor
  • The Bachelorette
  • The Masked Singer
  • WINNER: The Voice

The Male TV Star of 2021

  • Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier)
  • Chase Stokes (Outer Banks)
  • Dwayne Johnson (Young Rock)
  • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
  • Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
  • Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead)
  • Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
  • WINNER: Tom Hiddleston (Loki)

The Female TV Star of 2021

  • Angela Bassett (9-1-1)
  • Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision)
  • WINNER: Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision)
  • Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
  • Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
  • Queen Latifah (The Equalizer)
  • Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish)

The Drama TV Star of 2021

  • Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead)
  • Angela Bassett (9-1-1)
  • WINNER: Chase Stokes (Outer Banks)
  • Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
  • Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
  • Queen Latifah (The Equalizer)
  • Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

The Comedy TV Star of 2021

  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
  • Dwayne Johnson (Young Rock)
  • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
  • Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
  • WINNER: Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building)
  • Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building)
  • Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws)
  • Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish)

The Daytime Talk Show of 2021

  • Good Morning America
  • Live With Kelly and Ryan
  • Red Table Talk
  • WINNER: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • The Kelly Clarkson Show
  • The View
  • The Wendy Williams Show
  • Today

The Nighttime Talk Show of 2021

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
  • WINNER: Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
  • The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Competition Contestant of 2021

  • Cody Rigsby (Dancing With the Stars)
  • Gottmik (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
  • JoJo (The Masked Singer)
  • WINNER: JoJo Siwa (Dancing With the Stars)
  • Katie Thurston (The Bachelorette)
  • Matt James (The Bachelor)
  • Symone (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
  • Wiz Khalifa (The Masked Singer)

The Reality TV Star of 2021

  • Erica Mena (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta)
  • Joe Amabile (Bachelor in Paradise)
  • Kandi Burruss (The Real Housewives of Atlanta)
  • WINNER: Khloé Kardashian (Keeping Up With the Kardashians)
  • Kim Kardashian West (Keeping Up With the Kardashians)
  • Lisa Rinna (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
  • Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (Jersey Shore: Family Vacation)
  • Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Jersey Shore: Family Vacation)

The Bingeworthy Show of 2021

  • Cobra Kai
  • Loki
  • Mare of Easttown
  • Outer Banks
  • Sex/Life
  • WINNER: Squid Game
  • Ted Lasso
  • The White Lotus

The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2021

  • Loki
  • WINNER: Lucifer
  • La Brea
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Superman and Lois
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • The Flash
  • WandaVision

The Male Artist of 2021

  • Bad Bunny
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Justin Bieber
  • WINNER: Lil Nas X
  • Luke Combs
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd

The Female Artist of 2021

  • WINNER: Adele
  • Billie Eilish
  • Cardi B
  • Doja Cat
  • Halsey
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Saweetie

The Group of 2021

  • WINNER: BTS
  • Coldplay
  • Dan + Shay
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Maroon 5
  • Migos
  • Twenty One Pilots

The Song of 2021

  • WINNER: “Butter” (BTS)
  • “Bad Habits” (Ed Sheeran)
  • “Easy on Me” (Adele)
  • “Good 4 U” (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (Lil Nas X)
  • “Peaches” (Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
  • “Stay” (The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber)
  • “Up” (Cardi B)

The Album of 2021

  • Certified Lover Boy (Drake)
  • Culture III (Migos)
  • Happier Than Ever (Billie Eilish)
  • Justice (Justine Bieber)
  • Montero (Lil Nas X)
  • Planet Her (Doja Cat)
  • WINNER: Sour (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • Star-crossed (Kacey Musgraves)

The Country Artist of 2021

  • WINNER: Blake Shelton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Dan + Shay
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Bryan
  • Luke Combs
  • Miranda Lambert

The Latin Artist of 2021

  • Anuel AA
  • WINNER: Bad Bunny
  • Becky G
  • Daddy Yankee
  • J Balvin
  • Karol G
  • Maluma
  • Natti Natasha

The New Artist of 2021

  • 24kGoldn
  • Bella Poarch
  • Giveon
  • WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo
  • Rauw Alejandro
  • Tate McRae
  • The Kid Laroi
  • Tomorrow X Together

The Music Video of 2021

  • WINNER: “Butter” (BTS)
  • “Easy on Me” (Adele)
  • “Good 4 U” (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • “Location” (Karol G, Anuel AA, J Balvin)
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (Lil Nas X)
  • “My Universe” (Coldplay X BTS)
  • “Peaches” (Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
  • “Stay” (The Kid Laroi, Justin Bieber)

The Collaboration Song of 2021

  • “Best Friend” (Saweetie feat. Doja Cat)
  • “Industry Baby”(Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow)
  • “Kiss Me More” (Doja Cat feat. SZA)
  • “Leave the Door Open” (Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak))
  • “Peaches” (Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
  • WINNER: “Stay” (The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber)
  • “Way 2 Sexy” (Drake feat. Future & Young Thug)
  • “You Right” (Doja Cat, The Weeknd)

The Social Star of 2021

  • Addison Rae
  • WINNER: Britney Spears
  • Charli D’Amelio
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Justin Bieber
  • Kim Kardashian West
  • Kylie Jenner
  • Lil Nas X

The Pop Special of 2021

  • Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
  • Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil
  • WINNER: Friends: The Reunion
  • Justin Bieber: Our World
  • Olympic Highlights With Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg
  • Oprah with Meghan and Harry
  • Pink: All I Know So Far
  • Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3

The Comedy Act of 2021

  • Back to Abnormal Tour (Trevor Noah)
  • Bo Burnham: Inside (Bo Burnham)
  • From Scratch Tour (John Mulaney)
  • Sorry, Harriet Tubman (Phoebe Robisnon)
  • The King’s Jester Tour (Hasan Minhaj)
  • The Milk & Money Tour (Ali Wong)
  • WINNER: Vaccinated and Horny Tour (Chelsea Handler)
  • You Know What It Is (Marlon Wayans)

The Game Changer of 2021

  • Alex Morgan
  • Bubba Wallace
  • Carl Nassib
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Serena Williams
  • WINNER: Simone Biles
  • Sunisa Lee

The Pop Podcast of 2021

  • WINNER: Anything Goes With Emma Chamberlain
  • Armchair Expert
  • Call Her Daddy
  • Chicks in the Office
  • Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
  • Couple Things With Shawn and Andrew
  • SmartLess
  • Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byer
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After negotiations regarding a debt ceiling increase, it appears that lawmakers reached an agreement on Tuesday using a tool that could appeal to both political parties. 

Leaders in the House of Representatives introduced a measure that would allow Democrats to ultimately increase the debt ceiling without any votes from Republicans. 

As The Wall Street Journal reported: 

The bill, which also prevents cuts to Medicare and other programs that threatened to kick in at the end of the year, is the product of weeks of talks between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.). It doesn’t itself raise the debt ceiling. Instead, it sets up a procedure for an additional vote on the issue that would require a simple majority in the Senate rather than the 60 votes needed for most legislation.

“So I believe we’ve reached here a solution to the debt ceiling issue that’s consistent with Republican views of raising the debt ceiling for this amount at this particular time and allows the Democrats to proudly own it, which they’re happy to do,” McConnell said.

Politico reported earlier in the afternoon, “After a leadership meeting and a Senate GOP lunch, McConnell said he’d done enough work to clinch the deal in a vote expected on Thursday.”

“There are always differences of opinion among Republicans about how to handle a delicate issue like the debt ceiling,” McConnell told the press earlier. “I’m confident that this particular procedure coupled with the avoidance of Medicare cuts will receive enough Republican support to clear the 60-vote threshold.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) voiced his approval earlier in the day, saying, “I’m going to support Democrats raising the debt ceiling without Republican votes.”

He added, “To have Democrats raise the debt ceiling and be held accountable for racking up the debt is my goal. And this helps us accomplish it.”

However, not all Republicans initially appeared to be in support of the measure. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “I don’t think there will be 10 Republican votes to allow the Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.”

Politico also reported that Graham “protested a provision attached to the debt limit rule change, which would prevent automatic cuts to Medicare from kicking in.”

“I don’t like this idea of tying it to Medicare. I don’t like that much at all,” Graham noted.

The measure would make Democrats increase the debt ceiling to a certain amount rather than just prolong it for a certain period of time. The “fast-track process” would also run out after January 15th, per CNN.

Politico reported, “The debt increase would likely range from $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion to ensure Congress won’t have to address the debt again before November midterms, according to several people familiar with the matter.”

Republicans have been steadfast in their desire to see Democrats expand the debt limit rather than do so with Republican support. They viewed the Democrats’ and President Joe Biden’s massive amounts of spending as a reason to force the majority party to use the reconciliation process in order to increase the debt limit. 

As The Daily Wire reported, “Before Thanksgiving, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress that the debt ceiling — temporarily suspended by Congress in 2019 — must be raised by December 15.” 

“While I have a high degree of confidence that Treasury will be able to finance the U.S. government through December 15 and complete the Highway Trust Fund investment, there are scenarios in which Treasury would be left with insufficient remaining resources to continue to finance the operations of the U.S. government beyond this date,” she warned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “As the federal government’s cash flow is subject to unavoidable variability, I will continue to update Congress as more information becomes available.”

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