The Senate passed a temporary measure on Thursday that will provide government funding for three more months by raising the debt ceiling.
“he party-line Democratic vote of 50-48 in support of the bill to raise the government’s debt ceiling by nearly a half-trillion dollars brought instant relief in Washington and far beyond,” the Associated Press reported.
— Ken Lundgreen (@twistedblaster) October 8, 2021
Not all Republicans were pleased with the measure, believing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had given in to Democrat pressure.
“I can’t vote to raise this debt ceiling, not right now, especially given the plans at play to increase spending immediately by another $3.5 trillion,” Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said, according to the report.
“Republican Senators, do not vote for this terrible deal being pushed by folding Mitch McConnell,” former President Donald Trump said in a statement on Thursday.
“Stand strong for our Country. The American people are with you!” he added.
President Donald J. Trump:
“Republican Senators, do not vote for this terrible deal being pushed by folding Mitch McConnell. Stand strong for our Country. The American people are with you!” pic.twitter.com/kOg105ODWV
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 7, 2021
The battle over the debt ceiling has not ended with the temporary measure. Instead, Congress faces the same battle again with a December deadline.
Most Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling even more. This is in addition to plans to pass a $3.5 trillion spending bill and $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin continues to argue against changing the current Senate filibuster rules to raise the debt ceiling.
“The filibuster is the only thread we have in America to keep democracy alive and well,” he said.
Manchin says he’ll not support carve-out of filibuster rules to raise debt ceiling in Dec. Says he has a “difference” with his party on using reconciliation. Says two sides need to cut a deal. “The filibuster is the only thread we have in America to keep democracy alive and well” pic.twitter.com/o3i5xEgtk3
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 8, 2021
Neither party is satisfied with the current measure, and neither are many Americans. The battle will certainly continue, with both parties pushing their agendas as the nation nears the holiday season.