The Washington Post reports:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday vowed that Republicans will not offer any more assistance to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. In a letter sent to President Biden, McConnell made clear he would be willing to allow the United States to default on its national debt rather than work with Democrats.
The letter came a day after the Senate passed a bill on a party-line vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling through early December, temporarily staving off a potential government shutdown and default. McConnell and Biden also spoke about the matter by phone Friday.
In the letter to Biden, McConnell took credit on behalf of Republicans for having “filled the leadership vacuum,” likely referring to the handful of GOP senators who had helped advance Thursday’s measure procedurally. No Republican senators ultimately supported the final measure, which passed on a 50-to-48 vote.
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“In a letter sent to President Biden, McConnell made clear he would be willing to allow the United States to default on its national debt rather than work with Democrats.” https://t.co/sHKiW0Pu4a
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 9, 2021
When Donald Trump was in office, Republicans raised the debt limit three times with Democratic support.
Today, Republicans led by Mitch McConnell are refusing to raise it even though they’re responsible for more than $8 trillion incurred under Trump. pic.twitter.com/8rtqtGmGp2
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) October 4, 2021
McConnell writes a new letter telling Biden that “in light of Senator Schumer’s hysterics” in his speech last night, “I will not be a party to any future effort to mitigate the consequences of Democratic mismanagement”—says they mustn’t “ask for my help” again on debt limit. pic.twitter.com/VFgufZkkJY
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 8, 2021