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Why do we have a debt limit? We answered your politics questions.

Politics editor Brianna Tucker and congressional reporter Camila DeChalus chatted with readers about the debt limit, judiciary battle and more

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Capitol Hill in early March. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Congress returns to Washington this week, and lawmakers will tackle issues including the debt limit stalemate, the classified-documents leak and a possible Senate vote to temporarily replace the ailing Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), whose absence has stalled judicial nominations.

I’m Brianna Tucker, a deputy politics editor for The Washington Post. I’ve covered Congress, climate and three election cycles, and I was tuned in to all 15 rounds of Republican House member Kevin McCarthy’s push for the speakership. (Shout-out to C-SPAN.) I’m answering your questions every Tuesday about politics and 2024, and sharing the inside scoop from our reporters on the campaign trail.

This week, I was joined by congressional reporter Camila DeChalus, who focuses on Capitol Hill, national politics and political campaigns. She recently reported on the indictment of Trump not galvanizing Republicans in a competitive House district in New York; lawmakers’ reaction to Trump’s warning of “potential death & destruction”; and the future of TikTok.

This chat is over, but you can read a transcript of it below. Questions may be edited for accuracy and clarity.

Alexandra Pannoni, newsroom talent and community editor, produced this Q&A.