Thu. May 19th, 2022

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned President Biden on Friday that Republicans will not vote to raise the federal debt ceiling in December after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday delivered a rant on the Senate floor that McConnell called “so biased, angry and corrosive.” that even Democratic Senators were visibly embarrassed about him and for him. ”

After 11 Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to end the debate on a short-term increase in the country’s loan limit, Schumer (D-NY) stood up and accused the GOP of “playing a dangerous and risky partisan game.”

“I’m glad their brinksmanship did not work,” Schumer said, adding that “despite enormous opposition from leader McConnell and members of his conference, our [Democratic] assembly held together and we have withdrawn our country from the cliff edge that the Republicans were trying to push us over. ”

“This outburst of rage encapsulated and escalated a pattern of angry incompetence on the part of Senator Schumer,” McConnell (R-Ky.) Wrote.

Schumer’s words did not affect the vote on the actual legislation to raise the debt ceiling, which went along party lines. But the vitriol was too much for Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), who could be seen holding his head in his hands as Schumer spoke before walking the deterrent from the Senate chamber.

Senator Joe Manchin reacts embarrassed among Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's run on the Senate floor.
Senator Joe Manchin reacts in embarrassment amid Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s rant about the Senate chamber.
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“I did not think it was appropriate at the moment,” Manchin told reporters who were catching up with him. “We have to disarm. You can not play politics. Neither of us can – on both sides. Civility is gone. ”

Manchin was not the only one to come across Schumer’s words when McConnell wrote to Biden that the majority leader’s’ childish behavior only alienated the Republican members who helped ease this short-term [debt ceiling] patch. It has poisoned the well even more. ”

Before McConnell earlier this week offered the Democrats a short-term increase in the debt ceiling, McConnell had insisted that they deal with the matter solely through the reconciliation process, which requires only 51 votes in the Senate. Democrats argued that any increase in the debt ceiling should pass with bipartisan support and that it would otherwise set a bad precedent.

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stresses that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has “poisoned” the debt ceiling vote.
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“The Senate Democratic leader had three months’ notice to carry out one of his most basic government duties,” McConnell wrote. “Surprisingly, it turned out that even this required too much. Senator Schumer spent 11 weeks claiming he lacked the time and leadership skills to manage a straightforward process that would take less than two weeks.

“Whether it was through weakness or a deliberate effort to bully its own members, Senator Schumer marched the nation to the doorstep of disaster,” McConnell continued. “It was embarrassing that it got to the point where senators on both sides asked for leadership to fill the void and protect our citizens. I got up. ”

Senator Joe Manchin
Senator Joe Manchin says Democratic leadership “can not play politics” with the federal debt ceiling.
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In addition to the short-term increase of approximately $ 480 billion that will allow the federal government to settle its financial obligations through December 3, McConnell Schumer offered the opportunity to quickly track the normally lengthy reconciliation process. Schumer chose the short-term increase as the top Democrats insisted they would not and would not plan to use reconciliation to raise the debt ceiling.

“I am writing to make it clear that in light of Senator Schumer’s hysteria and my serious concerns about the ways in which another large, ruthless, biased expense bill would harm Americans and help China, I will not be a party to future efforts to mitigate. the consequences of democratically poor governance, ”McConnell concluded.

America's minority whip Steve Scalise
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is expected to vote against raising the debt ceiling.
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“Your lieutenants on Capitol Hill now have the time they claimed they needed to resolve the debt ceiling through independent reconciliation and all the tools to do so. They can not invent another crisis and ask for my help. ”

Some Republicans in the Senate on Thursday pushed back on McConnell’s decision to offer a temporary solution, arguing it gave the Democrats a lifeline as Republicans looked at members with strong arms across the aisle to pass the rise along party lines.

“We are crazy. For two months, we promised our base and the American people that we would not help the Democratic Party raise the debt ceiling so they could spend $ 3.5 to $ 5 trillion through reconciliation, ”said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday. “At the end of the day, we blinked.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claims Republicans are pushing the country over the “cliff edge” by not raising the federal debt ceiling.
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Few, if any, House GOP lawmakers are expected to support the bill when it comes to the floor in their chamber on Tuesday. While most members of the Republican Senate leadership supported the conclusion of the debt ceiling debate, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) Is among those expected to vote against it.

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