As Republicans come under fire from the conservative base for capitulating to Democrats on a bogus “infrastructure” deal, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is reminding Democrats that there are some things even “RINOS” won’t do in the name of bipartisan cooperation.
Democrats are hoping to pass a partisan, $3.5 trillion “budget” bill that includes all of the goodies left out of their $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” scam — but Republicans will not raise the debt ceiling to help them pay for it, McConnell said, as the Washington Examiner reported.
Republicans won’t do it
Democrats hope to pass their budget deal through budget reconciliation, which would allow them to move ahead without any Republican votes. They may vote as soon as this week to start the process.
But McConnell warned Democrats not to expect any help in the partisan effort, ripping Democrats for being “afraid to up the limit on their credit card” even as they prepare their “shopping list” of social engineering.
“If our colleagues want to ram through yet another reckless tax and spending spree without our input, if they want all this spending and debt to be their signature legacy, they should leap at the chance to own every bit of it,” he said Thursday.
As Republicans started rallying behind the infrastructure bill last week, angering conservatives, former President Donald Trump warned that McConnell was setting the stage for Democrats to advance the larger and more ambitious “budget” deal, which includes a massive amnesty for illegal immigrants.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said it must pass before she will vote on “infrastructure,” Bloomberg reported.
McConnell on partisan “comedy”
Democrats did not include an agreement to raise the debt ceiling in their budget resolution, as Republicans had wanted. They may try to squeeze Republicans to raise it down the line as part of a deal to keep the government open and running.
But McConnell warned again Monday that it would not come to pass.
“Here’s the comedy, they won’t let Republicans have any say in this monstrosity but they want our help raising their credit card to make it happen,” McConnell said.
“Democrats want Republicans to help them raise the debt limit so they can keep spending historic sums of money with zero Republican input and zero Republican votes,” he added.
The $3.5 trillion bill, in addition to amnesty, includes universal pre-K and other social programs that Biden calls “human infrastructure.” The $1.2 trillion bill has also been criticized by the right as a partisan wish list that is only tangentially related to repairing roads and bridges.