President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that there was a “real possibility” that the Senate Democrats Will move to change the body’s filibuster rules to remove Republican‘ If the federal government doesn’t pay its bills, it refuses to raise debt limits and avert a potential economic collapse.
Asked at the White House whether the party was considering a “nuclear option” as the filibuster called for a change, Biden said it was in the cards. “I think it’s a real possibility.”
The comments are a notable change for the president, who has opposed to changing the filebuster for months, saying earlier this year that such a shift “could throw the entire Congress into chaos.”
But time is running out for Congress to raise the debt limit, limit how much the federal government can borrow to pay its bills, and GOP leaders have so far abandoned Democratic efforts by less than two weeks. . credit limit has been picked up almost 100 times In the last century, including three times under President Donald Trump. It is currently $28.4 trillion.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow any Republicans to vote to remove the debt limit, instead taunting Democrats and calling on the party to use a process known as reconciliation. . However, the process is complex and takes time, possibly before the government runs out of cash.
“We don’t have the luxury of using a drawn-out, complicated and risky process,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said Tuesday. “There’s still time for 10 Republicans to join us, regardless of what some extremists think hard-right.”
Schumer said: “The best way to accomplish this is for Republicans to just get out of the way.”
McConnell has refused to budge, saying that although he supports raising the ceiling, it is up to Democrats to do so without the GOP.
Schumer and other top Democrats are outraged, and while the majority leader has not said whether the party will move to move the filibuster rules, the idea is gaining steam.
Democrats have just 50 votes in the Senate, and any attempt to replace Filbuster would require the support of an entire bloc, including moderate censors Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Kirsten Cinemas (D-Ariz.). Both have refused to get behind another key piece of Biden legislation, the $3.5 trillion infrastructure package.