Washington – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Sent to President Joe Biden hot letter Democrats will have to find their own solution without their help the next time the debt threshold is reached, he said on Friday.
McConnell highlighted that expanding the government’s borrowing authority had provided enough Republican votes, claiming that he “stepped up” when both sides were “calling for leadership”.
McConnell wrote, “I write to inform you that I will not provide such assistance again if your all-democratic government runs into another avoidable crisis.”
The minority leader continued to claim that majority leader Chuck Schumer had “three months’ notice to take over one of his most basic governing duties. Surprisingly, this also proved to be too much of an asking.”
FILE – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks into the US Senate Chamber at the US Capitol on October 7, 2021 in Washington, DC.
The letter comes a day after the Senate dodged a US debt disaster vote in December to expand the government’s borrowing authority and temporarily avert an unprecedented federal default that experts warned would cripple the economy. would devastate and harm millions of Americans.
A 50-48 vote in support of a bill to raise the government’s debt limit to nearly half a trillion dollars brought immediate relief to Washington and beyond. However, it provided only a relief. Assuming the House runs, which it will do, Republican and Democratic lawmakers will still have to settle their deep differences over the issue once again before the end of the year.
The debate will take place as lawmakers also work to fund the federal government for the new fiscal year and as they continue their bitter fight over Biden’s top domestic priorities – a bipartisan infrastructure plan with nearly $550 billion in new spending. Along with that there is a lot. A comprehensive $3.5 trillion effort focused on health, safety net programs and the environment.
Easing the crisis at hand – a disastrous default in just a few weeks – McConnell offered his support for a short-term extension of the government’s lending authority after leading solid GOP opposition to a longer extension.
He served as Biden and business leaders escalated their concerns that a default would disrupt government payments to millions of Americans and plunge the country into recession.
The GOP concession was not popular with some members of McConnell’s Republican caucus, who complained that the country’s debt levels were unsustainable.
“I can’t vote to raise this debt limit, not now, especially given the plan to spend another $3.5 trillion,” Utah Sen. Mike Lee said shortly before the vote.
And Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Democrats were on a “path of surrender” over the process used to lift the debt limit, “and then, unfortunately, yesterday, Republicans blinked.”
But Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was among those who voted to advance the bill.
“I’m not ready to take this train down a cliff,” she said.
Congress has only a few days to act before the October 18 deadline, after which the Treasury Department has warned it will lack funds to handle the country’s already accrued debt load.
The House is likely to return next week to approve the measure.
Republican leaders worked throughout the day to find the 10 votes needed from their party to push the loan limit extension until the final vote, holding a private huddle in the afternoon. It was a long and “spirited” discussion in the room, said Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.
McConnell allowed all ideas to circulate and eventually told the senators that he would vote yes.