Senate Republicans are refusing to negotiate a suspension of the debt ceiling, saying that they now disagree with the policy after doing it three times under Trump.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told reporters:
Asked John Cornyn if there’s a way to negotiate a debt ceiling hike with Dems. “No. … There’s no reason for us to help facilitate bad policy that we disagree with, and so they have to eat up little floor time passing the debt ceiling through reconciliation that’s fine with me.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 4, 2021
Republicans didn’t disagree with raising the debt limit when Trump was president
According to The Washington Post:
GOP lawmakers during the Trump administration voted three times to suspend the debt ceiling. Federal policymakers added trillions of dollars to the federal debt during Trump’s presidency — significantly more than has been added by Biden — with the support of Republican leaders. The $28 trillion national debt rose by roughly $7.8 trillion during the Trump administration.
Republicans are refusing to pay for the debt that they ran up.
If the country defaults, members of the military won’t get paid, Social Security recipients won’t get their checks, and the economy will go back into recession. This would all happen because Republicans are refusing to pay for the debt that they ran up.
Republicans won’t negotiate. They think that they are winning by being irresponsible, but voters aren’t stupid. The American people understand what Republicans are trying to pull. Even more importantly, they know that the Senate GOP’s behavior is a sample of what will come if they win back control of the Senate in 2022.
Voters should reward Democrats for doing what Republicans won’t by putting the country first.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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