WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would not give a hand in avoiding a possible government default in December, less than a day after some GOP senators blasted him. Helping Democrats Raise Debt Limits on Thursday for two months.
In A sharply worded letter to President Joe Biden on Friday, the Kentucky Republican said Democrats had enough time to extend the debt limit without a Republican lifeline, but they “stepped up” because Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., “was a straightforward process to manage.” There was a lack of time and leadership skills.”
“I write to inform you that if your all-democratic government runs into another avoidable crisis, I will not provide such assistance again,” he wrote to Biden.
If Congress does not pass a bill that allows the US Treasury to pay its obligations, the country faces default by October 18.
Senate Republicans had vowed not to help for weeks, arguing that the Democrats who control Congress could do so without the GOP’s help and because they were upset that GOP lawmakers would be subject to taxation and spending legislation. Wasn’t involved in crafting.
But with McConnell’s support and blessing on Thursday, 11 Republicans joined every Democrat to end a filibuster, bringing the measure to the floor where a simple majority was able to pass it without GOP votes. The House is expected to approve the two-month extension on Tuesday and send it to the President.
Some fellow Republicans, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, said McConnell had declined.
“We have a problem as Republicans. We said for two months we’re going to do one thing, we’ve done another,” Graham said in the Senate before voting Thursday. “It was a self-inflicted wound and we don’t need to do it again.”
Former President Donald Trump, through his Save America PAC, also tried to convince senators to “further this terrible deal by turning Mitch McConnell” ahead of the vote.
Republicans were criticized by Schumer and other Democrats. Endangering the credibility of the country and inviting economic disaster, especially when most of the new debt occurred under Trump’s watch and with Republicans in charge of or all but parts of Congress.
In a speech after the vote, Schumer said, “Despite overwhelming opposition from Leader McConnell and members of his convention, our caucus has stayed together and we have pulled our country back from the edge of the cliff that Republicans tried to push us through.” had tried.” Angry McConnell who said Democrats should have been grateful for the GOP help.
“This has poisoned the well even more,” McConnell wrote in his letter to Biden.