Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will try to raise the debt limit by a majority vote Tuesday afternoon.
Schumer says Democrats alone will increase the debt limit
Video of Schumer speaking on the floor of the senate:
Last night and this morning, the Republican leader cites an example from the 2000s during which Republicans had joint control over the government and provided the votes to raise the debt limit.
The Republican leader said the example “is exactly the situation we are in now”.
What leader McConnell comfortably left out was that there was a consent agreement at the time, requested by the Republican majority leader, which paved the way for the Senate to vote to raise the debt limit on a majority threshold – with only one party – imposing the minority party to vote no, but also to prevent a catastrophic default.
Let me be clear: I still believe that addressing the debt limit – which includes the debt of both parties – should be done twice.
But let’s see if leader McConnell really wants what he’s asking for, or if he wants what he favorably allowed in the early 2000s to happen again.
Later this afternoon, I will unanimously request permission for the Senate to vote to raise the debt limit against a majority threshold. In other words, we would get permission for you to only need 50 votes, not 60, to raise the debt limit, and that’s what happened in the past.
This would be very similar to the process that leader McConnell favorably quoted yesterday, in which the debt limit could be increased without the minority party providing the necessary votes.
So, if Republicans want to evade their responsibilities – not vote to pay the debt they incurred – it must be so. It’s a bad thing, it’s a bad precedent. But this is the way out. This is a way out.
This is a simple proposal: if Republicans really want to see the debt ceiling raised without giving a single vote, I’m willing to keep the vote.
According to Senate rules, majority leader Schumer needs unanimous consent to proceed with a majority vote to increase the debt limit.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have stated they want Democrats to raise the debt limit on their own without Republican votes. so if Republicans block the unanimous consent request, it would be tantamount to the Senate’s GOP declaring its support for destroying the economy as a standard.
Democrats will save the economy from republican sabotage
If Republicans do not block the unanimous consent request, Democrats will vote to raise the debt limit, and there will be no standard.
The next step, which the Democrats will probably have to take themselves, is to take an ongoing resolution to fund and keep the government open.
Democrats are acting to save America from Republican sabotage, and if Republicans stand in their way, the IDP will possess the destruction of the economy.
Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press officer and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focuses on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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