White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, said there was "no way" Republicans would have agreed to raise the debt ceiling when negotiations began in December, news blog Loops 21 reports.
Although the Democrats held the majority at that point, Republicans, it seems, were still calling the shots.
"We could not get this then; they were not willing to give it to us,” Jarrett said in a conference call.
Jarrett told Politico that the deal was "not perfect," but the administration has come a long way since the start of negotiations in getting Republicans to agree to raise the ceiling at all.
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