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Sunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony

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 Yellen136 countries agree to deal on global minimum tax The Hill’s 12:30 Report: House interrupts recess for debt ceiling vote Schumer frustrates GOP, Manchin with fiery debt ceiling speech 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 SchumerThe parts of Manchin’s voting act you haven’t heard about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit Trump urges GOP senators to vote against McConnell debt deal MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell vows GOP won’t help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer ‘tantrum’ The Hill’s 12:30 Report: House interrupts recess for debt ceiling vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit 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. 

Eleven Republican senators voted with Democrats to get the bill over a procedural hurdle that required 60 votes. The measure ultimately passed later that day in a 50-48 vote along party lines. 

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 KlobucharThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Debt ceiling fight punted to December Senate Democrats introduce legislation to strengthen Voting Rights Act Four big takeaways from a tough hearing for Facebook 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 ZuckerbergThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Facebook whistleblower to meet with Jan. 6 committee: report 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 WhitehouseHillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Americans blame politicians, social media for spread of misinformation: poll Democrats urge federal agencies to address use of cryptocurrencies for ransomware payments Taxing new plastic is the cheapest way to address its environmental impact MORE (D-R.I.); former White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamCNN’s Brianna Keilar, Admiral Giroir spar over Trump administration’s COVID-19 response Ex-Trump aide sues Grisham over abuse allegations Pelosi’s office denies claims on Trump meeting from Grisham’s book MORE.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBiden signs bill to help victims of ‘Havana syndrome’ Facebook whistleblower to meet with Jan. 6 committee: report Jan 6 committee has subpoenaed witnesses: What happens when they don’t comply? 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 FauciIt’s time for Biden to eliminate one of Trump’s worst immigration policies Foreign COVID misinformation helps fuel public health skepticism Watch live: White House COVID-19 response team holds briefing 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 CoonsGOP tries to take filibuster pressure off Manchin, Sinema Manchin opens door to deal in range of .9T to .2T Congress comes to the aid of Libyan people, passing bill ordering probe into war crimes and torture MORE (D-Del.); Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOn The Money — Presented by NRHC — Senate slowly walks back from debt disaster Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Sunday shows preview: Biden amps up involvement in talks amid tug-of-war over infrastructure MORE (R-La.)

Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThe 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 Key debt-limit vote sparks major fight among Senate Republicans MORE (R-Wyo.), Republican Conference Chairman, Senate; Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Memo: New Trump revelations bolster critics while fans shrug On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Senate slowly walks back from debt disaster Rift widens between business groups and House GOP MORE (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader; John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeBiden, Trump battle over who’s to blame for Afghanistan Sunday shows preview: US grapples with rising COVID-19 cases Trump-era intelligence chief wants Beijing Olympics moved due COVID-19 ‘cover-up’ MORE, Former Director of National Intelligence; Candace Owens, Author, “Blackout” 


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