GOP Blasts Mitch McConnell Over Debt Ceiling Deal With Chuck Schumer

Some Republicans in Congress are grumbling about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that would allow Democrats to bypass the filibuster to raise the debt ceiling.

“There’s a lot of controversy over the proposal,” Senator Kevin Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, said in a statement. told The Hill newspaper. “I wouldn’t call it much or much,” Cramer also told Playbook.

For months, McConnell has said his “red line” was that Democrats should only raise the debt ceiling, which would allow Republicans to target them in ads leading up to the midterm elections for being fiscally irresponsible.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Some Republicans are grumbling about the debt ceiling deal. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (left) cuts with Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (right) allowing Democrats to bypass the filibuster with a less cumbersome process than reconciliation

However, McConnell’s deal with Schumer added a provision to a bill that delays Medicare spending cuts by three months, allowing the debt ceiling to be raised by a simple majority vote in this one instance.

McConnell had initially pushed Democrats to use the more cumbersome process of reconciliation to get a debt ceiling hike through.

McConnell’s concession will allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling before the December 15 deadline, which Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen mentioned.

It also gives them time to pass President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better reconciliation bill before Schumer’s Christmas deadline.

The House passed the Medicare debt ceiling bill Tuesday evening by a vote of 222 to 212, with the support of only one Republican, outgoing GOP Representative Adam Kinzinger.

This legislation will still require the help of 10 GOP senators to pass in the Senate, before a debt ceiling vote can finally pass with only Senate Democrats.

A number of prominent Republicans have already indicated that they will vote no.

“I wouldn’t vote for it,” Senator Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, told The Hill. “I think we should keep our word at the grassroots.”

sen. Mike Rounds, a Republican from South Dakota, told The Hill he “tends” to vote against it.

“I just think they can do it with reconciliation,” Rounds said. “They know that from day one.”

sen. Mike Lee, who tweeted about the complicated process under discussion that would allow Democrats to bypass the filibuster this once, warned it would “castrate the Senate.”

‘IT IS EQUAL TO “NUKING THE FILIBUSTER!”‘ he tweeted in all capital letters.

Senator Ted Cruz urged Republicans to still help Democrats — even if GOP senators aren’t needed for the final vote.

“I don’t think Republicans should facilitate adding trillions of debt,” the Texan Republican said, according to Playbook.

In a tweet Tuesday, Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, said the deal would castrate the Senate and said it would "NUKING THE FILIBUSTER"'

In a tweet Tuesday, Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, said the deal “would castrate the Senate” and said it was “similar to ‘NUKING THE FILIBUSTER'”

sen.  Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, wasn't thrilled with the deal either.

sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, wasn’t thrilled with the deal either. “I don’t think Republicans should facilitate adding trillions of debt,” Cruz said

On the House side, GOP Representative Kevin Brady, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means committee, complained that the deal messed up a bipartisan Medicare bill, calling it a “poison pill.”

“You’ve ruined a bipartisan deal for your debt-ceiling crisis,” Brady said on the floor Tuesday night.

The debt ceiling has generally been voted on by members of both parties, as the debt has been assumed by both Republican and Democratic presidents.

But McConnell, with few cards in his hand with Democrats controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, decided earlier this year to make it a hurdle for his Democratic colleagues — telling them to raise the debt ceiling on their own. .

He argued that the deal made with Schumer still holds true.

“The red line is intact,” McConnell said. ‘The red line is that you have a simple majority party on the debt ceiling. That’s exactly where we end up.’

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