White House says delaying debt ceiling request

Reuters News

12/30/2011 1:53:46 PM - Reuters News

HONOLULU (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has agreed to delay submitting a debt ceiling increase request to allow lawmakers time to consider it while they are in session, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday.

"We have been asked by the bicameral leadership of Congress to delay certification in order to give both houses time to consider when the votes may occur, given the current congressional schedule," Earnest told reporters in Hawaii, where Obama is vacationing with his family.

(Reporting By Laura MacInnis; Editing by Will Dunham)