45th President Donald J. Trump issued a statement via email from his “Save America” PAC on Tuesday, urging Senate Republicans to use the “debt ceiling” to shut down the Biden administration’s costly and partisan spending agenda, specifically the Build Back Better bill.
Lawmakers have until December 15 to either raise or suspend the limit on how much the government can borrow. The debt ceiling has loomed over Congress since early October when McConnell offered Democrats a two-month extension to the deadline. With the limit fast approaching, Democrats and the GOP are once again sparring over who will keep the US from defaulting on its debt, Business Insider reported.
As reported by The Hill:
Democratic senators are growing increasingly doubtful that Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will be able to meet his Christmas deadline because several major disagreements are holding up the Build Back Better Act, including a fight over lifting the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions.
Schumer told reporters last week that his goal is to bring the $2 trillion bill to the floor the week of Dec. 13, but that timeline will be tough to meet because negotiators have a lot left to work out and Congress will also have to raise the debt ceiling by Dec. 15, which will distract attention from Biden’s agenda.
Adding to the uncertainty, maverick Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has expressed worries about inflation and hasn’t yet said whether he’ll even vote to begin debate on the package. He made it clear earlier this year that he wanted to take a “strategic pause” to see how the economy reacts to the money being pumped into it by Congress. Continued Below
Republicans are hoping that Manchin will try to cut down the overall cost of the bill after the Congressional Budget Office provides an extended 10-year cost analysis of the legislation, which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has requested.
That unofficial score could show the bill would cost more than $4 trillion if all its provisions are extended. Another factor that could influence Manchin’s thinking is the inflation report that the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release next week for the month of November.
A small group of conservatives, including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) threatened to use all the procedural weapons in their arsenal to string out the bill and force a government shutdown. Continued Below
Lawmakers have also floated attaching the debt ceiling increase as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, a must-pass bill that is a key priority for Republicans. That proposal has been met with strong pushback from GOP lawmakers, with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calling the idea a “complete, utter disaster.”
In a statement on Tuesday, the 45th President urged Senate Republicans to use the “debt ceiling to win”.
I’m watching Republican Senators talk about fighting the horrendous Build Back Better Bill that the Democrats will push forward, made much easier for them by the 19 Republican Senators who voted for the Democrats Unfrastructure Plan, which is only 11% Infrastructure, and also by McConnell incredibly giving the Democrats a two-month extension, which allowed them to get their act together.
Now the Republicans start fighting a much harder war, and I told them this would happen. It’s pathetic! Those 19 Republicans, including the Broken Old Crow, should not be forgotten for what they have done and the absolutely horrible ramifications this Bill will have on the future of our Nation.
Just like McConnell blew two Senate seats in Georgia, and wouldn’t fight the Rigged Presidential Election, he gave this one away also.
USE THE DEBT CEILING TO WIN, AND MEAN IT THIS TIME!
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