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Senate Republicans Tell McConnell ‘No More Caving To Democrats’ On Debt Ceiling

After he agreed to Democrats regarding the debt ceiling, Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is getting some criticism from his conference. He did not notify his members first. 

According to both strategists and aides of the GOP, McConnell’s handling of the matter was not satisfactory. 

McConnell announced that he had reached a settlement with Democrats after repeatedly insisting that Republicans would not take part in raising debt ceiling.

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McConnell Statement Unknown to Other GOP Senators

Mitch McConnell kept the surprise secret because other Republican Senators didn’t know of his offer to Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D–NY). 

Even some of McConnell’s fellow establishment Republicans, like Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair Roy Blunt (MO), and ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee Lindsey Graham (S.C.), made it clear to the Minority Leader that they weren’t happy with the move.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to the Senate floor to blast the deal, saying, “I believe Democratic Leader Schumer was on the verge of surrendering and then unfortunately … Republicans blinked. I think that was a mistake.”

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Suspects As Usual

Mitch McConnell finally managed to get ten Republicans to agree to the Democrats raising the debt ceiling. It looks like the typical list of Republicans that can go wobbly.

In addition to McConnell, the “yes” votes were Sens. John Cornyn. John Barrasso. John Thune. Roy Blunt. Susan Collins. Richard Shelby. Rob Portman. Shelley Moore Capito. Mike Rounds.

Blunt and Shelby were not concerned as they all retired at the end their terms. Lisa Murkowski is running for reelection in 2022.

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McConnell to the political fallout

After cutting the deal, McConnell told Biden that he likely won’t be able to do it again – saying that he probably won’t be able to find 10 Republicans to raise the debt ceiling again in December.

For the $3.5 Trillion reconciliation bill to be passed, Democrats must raise the debt limit by themselves.

Tough words, but that’s the same story McConnell was giving to his own party members before he cut this current deal.

McConnell also has to deal with a party base that supports Donald Trump – who has not made his feelings about McConnell a secret.

Mitch McConnell could feel lonely up there.

 

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