Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, mentioned that the Republicans in the GOP wouldn’t vote for an increased debt ceiling. This implied that there was no way the other senators could go ahead and increase the borrowing limit from the federal reserves. This will definitely set the stage for a huge debacle in Congress as the deadline encroaches to avoid a debt default. The threat from McConnell did prompt major outrage from most of the Democratic leaders who warned the GOP leader from messing around with the US Economy.
Democrats Outraged At Mitch McConnell’s comments
Mitch McConnell, in an interview with Punchbowl News, stated that there was no way any Republican would be voting to increase the ceiling of debt after everything they have gone through. The Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, went the other way and blasted the Minority Leader for his remarks.
To put it succinctly, the Senate Majority Leader called McConnell’s actions ‘shameless, cynical, and totally political’. He further added that this debt was the result of the maladministration under Donald Trump. The Democrats had tried to do the right thing thrice, and McConnell was not to play such games with the credit of the United States.
President Joe Biden, on his part, couldn’t hide his disappointment on Wednesday night. The POTUS also went ahead and criticized the actions of Mitch McConnell and the other Republicans for increasing the debt ceiling during the office of Donald Trump- even though the GOP’s tax cuts did lead to a major increase in the debt.
In an interview at the CNN town hall, Biden mentioned that over the last four years, the Republicans had been simply increasing the debt limit. The reason for such a high debt that the country was facing now was simply due to their tax cut- their debt.
Mitch McConnell’s comments were also criticized by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, and Ron Wyden, the Finance Committee Chairman, of Oregon. Durbin stated that McConnell was simply playing Russian roulette with the American economy- which was, unsurprisingly, entirely irresponsible.