McConnell, Biden Feud Over Financial debt Ceiling
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Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has urged President Joe Biden to work with Congressional Democrats to raise the debt ceiling on the own and avoid an October 18th (or so) default.
Inside a Monday letter, McConnell stated he’s concerned “ our nation is sleepwalking towards significant and avoidable risk because of confusion and inaction from the Speaker of the House and the Senate Democratic Leader concerning basic governing responsibilities . ”
McConnell then reminds Biden that Republicans have invested nearly three months stating that will Democrats will need to raise the debt limit by themselves – using a budgetary process known as getting back together, as “ your celebration has chosen to pursue incredible, “ transformational” spending by means of unprecedented use of the party-line getting back together process. ”
“ Republicans’ position is simple. We have no list of demands. For two and a half a few months, we have simply warned that since your party wishes in order to govern alone, it should handle the debt limit only as well. ”
Stating the obvious, McConnell points out that “ United states senate Democrats do not need Republican assistance in any shape or form to o their job, ” adding “ Democrats do not need our consent to put a vote at fifty-one [via reconciliation] instead of 60. ”
At the end of the letter, McConnell ‘ respectfully’ asks Biden to “ engage straight with Congressional Democrats on this matter. ”
President Biden on Monday ignored McConnell’s plea – saying in Monday remarks that he or she can’t guarantee that the US won’t breach the debt ceiling, and that really ‘ up to McConnell’ at this stage.
Biden pleaded with McConnell and the GOP leadership to give it an escape and just pass the bill, doing everything in his power to try and tag the GOP with responsibility for the holdup.
“ If you don’t want to help save the country, get out of the way, ” Biden mentioned.
But the message that markets heard, loud and clear, had been Biden confirming that, since Monday, there’s no guarantee that this debt ceiling will be elevated in time to prevent a breach or even a default.
Hammering again on the GOP’s alleged obstructionism, Biden insisted that they “ have to stop playing Russian roulette with the American economy” plus hold a vote to the Senate bill as quickly as possible immediately. He also warned that these debt-ceiling standoffs hurt common Americans.
“ Let the Democrats vote to raise the debt ceiling this week… the House has already carried out it… it’s sitting in the Senate, waiting [for them] to pass it. Let us vote and end the mess, we now have got to get this done, ” Biden said.
“ We are able to do it this week, just get out of the way and let us pass it”.
In the Q& A, Biden was asked about the McConnell letter, which he mentioned he saw just before strolling out to speak. He said he programs to meet with McConnell within the matter: “ I intend on talking to Mitch about it, he and I have been down this road before… and I hope we can have some honest conversation about what he’s proposing. ”
When inquired by one reporter in case Biden would agree to getting back together if talks with McConnell go south, he was firm and insisted that he couldn’t commit to using it, even when it were the only option.
Put yet another way: the game of political poultry between Dems and the GOP continues.
Democrats have been unwilling in order to pursue reconciliation to raise the debt ceiling – a staggering position to take three years right after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) chided Republicans for neglecting to use reconciliation to avoid the government shutdown.
Yet now that the shoe is over the other foot, Democrats are taking reconciliation from the table .
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