Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blasted President Joe Biden following the Democrats’ victory lap on lifting the debt ceiling, which McConnell helped to make happen.
The Daily Wire reports that McConnell wrote a “scathing” letter Friday to Biden in which the Republican leader made it clear that his caucus will not be giving the Democrats any more help on the matter.
Last week, the U.S. government was facing a possible shutdown, and the first debt default in the nation’s history. It looked imminent as Republicans, under McConnell’s leadership, were playing hardball, indicating that they were not interested in helping the Democrats by raising the debt ceiling.
On Wednesday night, however, after the Democrats threatened to nuke the filibuster, McConnell caved. He and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reached an agreement. On Thursday, with the help of 11 Senate Republicans, the Democrats raised the debt limit by $480 billion, which will keep the government from defaulting until early December.
Schumer celebrated with a speech in which he decided to rub the Republicans’ noses in it.
“Republicans played a risky and partisan game,” he said, “and I am glad their brinkmanship didn’t work.”
It was on Friday, following Schumer’s victory lap, that McConnell sent the strongly worded letter to Biden. In it, McConnell more or less told Biden that, from now on, the Democrats are on their own.
“Last night, Republicans filled the leadership vacuum that has troubled the Senate since January. I write to inform you that I will not provide such assistance again if your all-Democrat government drifts into another avoidable crisis,” McConnell wrote, as Breitbart noted.
McConnell took aim at Schumer in the letter, calling his victory speech “a rant that was so partisan, angry, and corrosive that even Democratic Senators were visibly embarrassed by him and for him.” The Kentucky senator also accused Schumer of having “poisoned the well even further.”
A “reckless” bill
“I am writing to make it clear that in light of Senator Schumer’s hysterics and my grave concerns about the ways that another vast, reckless, partisan spending bill would hurt Americans and help China, I will not be a party to any further effort to mitigate the consequences of Democratic mismanagement,” the Republican leader wrote.
McConnell seems to be talking the talk after caving to the Dems last week, but what Republicans want to know is whether he will walk the walk when push comes to shove.
As we witnessed last week, McConnell seemed all too quick to buckle to threats from the other side. Only time will tell if he stands his ground or gives in, once again.