On Monday evening, unified Senate Republicans kicked off debate on a proposal to fund the government through December. Now, Democrats are scrambling to find a new way to push debt limit increases through the Senate with at least some Republican support.
But according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) will not receive that support, and will be forced to “surrender.”
Monday’s vote was the culmination of a months-long vote by Senate Republicans, who have insisted since August that they will not vote to raise the debt limit. According to these Republicans, who explained their reasoning in a petition prepared by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Democrats were on an “unprecedented deficit spending spree.” These Republicans said they refused to enable such spending by raising the debt limit.
Instead, Republicans have insisted that Democrats use the conciliation process if they want to raise the debt limit.
The conciliation process is what allows certain bills related to federal revenue and spending to bypass the 60-vote limit typically required to begin debate on a bill in the Senate. Currently, Democrats are using this process to advance their controversial budget, which has a top price of $3.5 trillion.
In his petition, Johnson argued that Democrats “have the power to unilaterally raise the debt limit”. [through reconciliation], and they should not be allowed to pretend otherwise.”
Still, Democrats are reluctant to take this route, as some polls have shown raising the debt limit to be an unpopular move among American voters (PDF).
‘I fully expect Schumer to surrender’: Cruz
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Cruz stressed that Democrats would have no choice but to raise the debt limit on their own.
Cruz commented that Democrats have “the absolute and absolute ability to raise the debt limit.” Through reconciliation, he said, “they could have done this last week, they could have done this a week ago, they could have done this a month ago, two months ago, three months ago.”
Schumer hasn’t, Cruz suggested, because “he’s trying to hide responsibility for the trillions of debt that Democrats are irresponsibly trying to load onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.” Huh.”
Cruz said Schumer was “trying to find an outcome where 10 Republicans vote with him so that he can blame those Republicans for Democrats’ irresponsible debt. It’s a game. It won’t work.” “Schumer knows this won’t work,” he said.
Monday’s vote continued Republican resilience against raising the debt limit, even after several Democratic leaders insisted that the party was bluffing. President Joe Biden said of the Republican threat in August: “No. They will not let us miss. $8 billion—$8 trillion of that is under Republican surveillance.” Around the same time, Schumer simply said, “I can’t believe Republicans will let the nation default.”
Now, with the failure of her original continuing resolution, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announces a new “clean” resolution, snatching away the billions in new spending contained in the original bill, in the hope that Senate Republicans will accept it.
While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested that Republicans might be open to such a proposal on Monday, Cruz said even this new move would fail.
“When that fails, I fully expect that Schumer is going to surrender,” Cruz remarked, “and he’s going to do what he could have done weeks or months ago, which is [to raise] Debt limit using Democratic votes. “Accordingly, the Democrats will bear the responsibility for the trillions of debts they are inflicting on the country,” he said.
“He knows the consequences,” Cruz said. “If he wants to play the game, he is the majority leader by the shortest margin but he is the majority leader. If he wants to play the game on the Senate floor, it’s unfortunately his prerogative. “
Schumer dismissed the action at a press conference on Tuesday. “Going through reconciliation is risky for the country and a non-starter,” the senator said, adding that using conciliation to raise the debt limit is “very, very risky”, and added “we are not pursuing it.” are.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times