RINO Mitch McConnell is angry After he allowed Republican Senators to help the Democrats to extend the debt limit until December, Chuck Schumer then blasted Republicans in a speech to the Senate.
The Democrats do not want to unilaterally raise the debt limit because they want to share the blame and make a case that it was a bipartisan decision. That’s not going to happen and Mitch sent a letter to Biden, telling him he is on his own when the December increase is over.
Schumer accused the GOP of playing a “dangerous and risky partisan game.” He then made the false claim that Democrats pulled us back from the edge of the cliff to pass the increase. The Democrats had almost three months to pass the increase and they could have done it without a single Republican vote, but they didn’t do that. Now, they have to do it, thanks to loudmouth Schumer.
“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 in the letter to Biden.
Senator Joe Manchin was absolutely livid, according to Punchbowl.
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Manchin told Schumer the speech was “fu**ing stupid,” according to four sources. Then Manchin complained to reporters too. The incident doesn’t really signify anything, except to show how tense everyone is in the Senate these days. And it’s only going to get worse.
What forced McConnell’s hand this time around was the possibility that Democrats would initiate a “carve-out” for a filibuster exception that would allow them to raise the debt limit without GOP support. Also, McConnell realized that there was a real danger that Democrats didn’t have enough time to employ the complicated reconciliation process before the debt limit expired on October 18.
But neither issue should come into play in December. Democrats will have plenty of time to use reconciliation to bring the debt limit increase to the floor and pass it — without Republican support.
McConnell’s letter is a warning to Democrats, but also gives an early signal to his own members that he won’t give Democrats the same offramp in December. The decision by McConnell this week to open the door to a short-term debt extension earned him an unusually intense level of criticism from the Senate GOP caucus, including behind-the-scenes breaks with members of his own leadership team.
It also set off an hours-long, down-to-the-wire effort to lock down the 10 GOP votes that would be needed to help advance the debt ceiling extension, after conservatives including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) insisted on it needing to overcome the 60-vote procedural hurdle.