Senate GOP helps Dems set the stage for raising the debt ceiling

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s (KY) obstructionist tough talk is proving to be not worth very much in the Biden era.

The minority leader led Republicans in taking a step Thursday toward helping Democrats raise the debt ceiling, despite his previous threats to force Democrats to do so on their own. The Senate’s 59–35 vote will allow Democrats to raise the debt limit through a simple majority, rather than forcing them to go through the cumbersome reconciliation process, as McConnell initially threatened to do, as Breitbart reports.

McConnell breaks promise

Leader McConnell had previously said he wanted to make Democrats take on the burden of raising the debt ceiling, given Biden’s ambitious spending plans.

But Democrats accused Republicans of gambling with the economy by refusing to help avoid a default on Dec. 15, and as the deadline drew nearer, McConnell backed away — first by voting in October to extend the debt limit while vowing not to help Democrats any further.

Although he has effectively made things easier for his colleagues, McConnell is playing Thursday’s vote as a victory, saying he kept his promise to make Democrats raise the debt limit themselves.

“I think this is in the best interest of the country by avoiding default. I think it is also in the best interest of Republicans,” he said, according to The Hill.

But former President Donald Trump lambasted McConnell, saying, “The Dems would have folded completely if Mitch properly played his hand.”

The grim reaper? Yeah, right

There were voices of discontent from within McConnell’s caucus as well, The Hill noted. In the end, 35 Republicans voted no, and six did not vote.

On the other hand, McConnell was praised by his Democratic counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who in October gave McConnell a tongue-lashing immediately after McConnell helped extend the limit.

“The nation’s debt has been incurred on a bipartisan basis, so I’m pleased that this responsible action will be taken today to facilitate a process that avoids a default. This is the responsible path forward: no brinkmanship, no default on the debt, no risk of another recession,” Schumer said, according to Breitbart.

This comes after McConnell dismissed threats from some Republicans to shut down the government in order to stop Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandates.

McConnell instead helped shepherd through a continuing resolution to keep the government open that included $7 billion to resettle Afghan refugees, many of whom are unvetted.

Share on facebook
Share To Facebook

Welcome to our comments section. We want to hear from you!

Any comments with profanity, advocacy of violence, harassment, personally identifiable information or other violations will be removed. If you feel your comment has been removed in error please contact us!

Latest Posts