Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday he was “not bluffing” about Senate Republicans’ stance on the debt ceiling.
McConnell told Punchbowl News that Republicans will not help the Democrat-controlled Congress raise the debt ceiling necessary for the government to continue working with a bill to fund the government.
Leading Senate Republican said Democrats have a responsibility to raise the debt ceiling:
As part of a bilaterally negotiated cap agreement between the previous administration, the speaker, and myself, I voted to raise the debt ceiling to cover all current spending. So the only question is, whose responsibility is it to do this? A Democratic president, a Democratic House, a Democratic Senate.
We went against almost everything they did this year. They did this with two reconciliation bills, a bailout bill, and now they’re trying to do it again. This is their obligation. They should step up. It’s hard to be the majority. They are the ones who will raise the debt limit.
debt ceiling expired On August 1, however, it will still take weeks for the federal government to reach the debt ceiling threshold. Democrats also have about nine days to fund the federal government.
President Joe Biden’s administration and Democratic congressional leaders think Senate Republicans will falter as the debt ceiling deadline approaches; However, McConnell often took the lead by accurately measuring the temperature of his own group meeting.
McConnell scolded suggestions that he and his group could clash with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) under pressure from brinksmanship-style negotiations over the debt ceiling.
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“You think I’m bluffing? … I said the same thing to a few intermediaries who came in.”
McConnell said Democrats should raise the debt ceiling on the $3.5 trillion settlement infrastructure package; However, the Democrats did not take action to do so.
Leading Senate Republicans have said they will not support raising the debt ceiling.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-FL) said On Tuesday, it would thwart any attempt to raise the debt ceiling.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said, “If you’re going to do the debt limit, you have to do it alone, separately, and tie it into something that controls spending.”
Sean Moran is a convention correspondent for Breitbart News. follow him on twitter @SeanMoran3.