McConnell tells Biden he won’t cooperate with Democrats to raise debt ceiling again

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“I write to inform you that I will not provide such assistance again if your all-democratic government runs into another avoidable crisis,” McConnell said in a statement. Letter to Biden.

According to a source familiar with the conversation, the pair also spoke on Friday, and another source familiar with the conversation said McConnell sent the president the same message that was in the letter.

The Senate voted 50-48 in favor of the extension on Thursday after 11 Republicans, including McConnell, broke ranks to help Democrats recover from a filibuster. That move by the Kentucky Republican allowed a debt limit deal to avert the economic disaster announced earlier in the day to move forward after weeks of partisan standoff over the issue.
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The House is expected to convene on Tuesday to vote on the bill and will have to approve the measure before it can be sent to Biden for his signature.

While the credit limit extension stands to avert an immediate economic calamity, it does not resolve the inherent partisan impasse on the issue, but only delays the fight by another day.


In his letter on Friday, McConnell touted the deal because of his leadership and blamed Democrats, namely Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, for the crisis.

“Senator Schumer marched the nation to the door of disaster,” he said. “Shamefully, it got to the point where senators on both sides were pleading for leadership to fill the void and protect our citizens. I stepped up.”

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McConnell’s response comes after Schumer sharply criticized Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and several Republican senators as overly partisan speech late Thursday.

The New York Democrat in his speech blamed Republicans for almost pushing the country into lapse and rebuked them for their handling of the issue: “Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I’m glad their chivalry worked.” Not.

In his letter Friday, McConnell called Schumer’s speech “a bizarre spectacle.”

“Senator Schumer exploded in a rant that was so partisan, angry, and corrosive that even Democratic senators were embarrassed by him and for him,” McConnell said.

Granthshala reported Thursday that senators on both sides of the aisle reacted negatively to Schumer’s speech.

“I thought it was completely out of line. I thought it was an incredibly partisan speech when we helped them solve a problem,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, GOP whip, Those who helped find the Republican vote Democrats needed to overcome the filibuster and voted for it themselves, despite their opposition. “I let him take it.”

Munchkin, a bipartisan preacher who has tried to bring the parties together on a number of issues, was also unhappy with the tone of Schumer’s speech, which took place on a crowded Senate floor as senators waited to cast a final vote on the debt ceiling extension. .

“I don’t think it was appropriate at the moment,” the West Virginia Democrat said. “I know Chuck’s frustration mounts, but that wasn’t the way to get it out. We just disagree. I would have done it differently.”

McConnell said his message came “in light of Senator Schumer’s frenzy” on Friday, along with reservations about a “partisan spending bill.”

Ahead of this week’s vote, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned about the danger of what would be the first US default in history if the debt limit is not raised, and said it would have disastrous consequences.
Republicans have insisted for months that Democrats should act alone to address the debt ceiling through a process known as budget reconciliation. Democrats have argued that the issue is a shared bipartisan responsibility, that the reconciliation process is too long and cumbersome, and the risk of miscalculation would be too high.

McConnell said on Friday that by giving Democrats more time, it would be up to them to resolve the crisis without their cooperation if the US was on the brink again.

“I will not favor any future effort to mitigate the consequences of Democratic mismanagement. Your lieutenants on Capitol Hill have time now to claim they lack to address the debt ceiling through standalone reconciliation. and all the tools to do it. They can’t invent another crisis and ask for my help,” he wrote.

This story and title have been updated with additional development.

Granthshala’s Manu Raju and Daniela Diaz contributed to this report.


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