Mitch McConnell's opposition to raising the debt ceiling isn't surprising, but he's attempting to use the tactic to put the brakes on Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden.
Punchbowl News' Jake Sherman tweeted McConnell's comments:
That's why it's interesting for us
When they are in the minority, Rs always threaten on the debt line.
But the reconciliation could take weeks or months. Who knows? However, the debt ceiling must be raised soon.
So McConnell is messed with @SenSchumer's timeline here.
– Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) July 21, 2021
Mitch McConnell draws from his Obama-era playbook
Mitch McConnell, like Donald Trump, has very few tracks in his playbook. McConnell tries to slow down Biden and Chuck Schumer by throwing a debt crisis crisis at the Democrats to stop the fast moving infrastructure reconciliation freight train headed straight for the GOP.
Republicans have had no problem throwing trillions of dollars on the rich and corporations when they were in the majority and Trump was in office, but they do start clutching their pearls and wallets when the money is actually being used to make the vast majority Helping majority of Americans who are not at the top of the wealth pyramid live better lives.
The Democrats have learned from the Obama years. They no longer put all their eggs in the "this time Republicans will negotiate in good faith" basket. McConnell can start fires that Senate Democrats need to put out, but he can't stop them from passing important laws and moving President Biden's agenda forward.
Mr. Easley is the Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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