Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is drawing some heat from his own conference after he caved to the debt ceiling for Democrats without first notifying members of his party.
GOP officials and strategists alike say his fellow senators are unhappy with McConnell’s handling of the situation.
After insisting for months that Republicans would not participate in raising the debt ceiling, McConnell surprised Republicans by announcing that he had struck a deal with Democrats.
Eleven Senate Republicans voted Thursday to bring forward the debt ceiling hike, while Senate Republicans gave in to Democrats. https://t.co/MKJioDnUsf
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 8, 2021
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McConnell statement unknown to other GOP senators
Mitch McConnell kept his surprise secret, as other Republican senators were unaware of the offer to Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Even some of McConnell’s fellow Republicans, such as Roy Blunt (MO), chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, and Lindsey Graham (SC), the rank of Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, made it clear to the minority leader that they were not happy. were with the move.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went to the Senate floor to quash the deal, saying, “I believe Democratic leader Schumer was about to surrender and then sadly… Republicans blinked. I think that was a mistake.”
After 11 Republicans helped overcome a procedural hurdle, Senate Democrats voted to raise debt ceiling by $480 billion https://t.co/0vSt1F8s8m
— mzee26 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 (@mzee26) October 8, 2021
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The usual suspects
In the end, Mitch McConnell managed to persuade ten Republicans to join the Democrats in raising the debt ceiling. The list reads like the usual list of Republicans who tend to wobble.
In addition to McConnell, the “yes” votes were Sens. John Cornyn, John Barrasso, John Thune, Roy Blunt, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Richard Shelby, Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito and Mike Rounds.
This was no problem for Blunt, Shelby and Portman, as they all retire at the end of their terms. It could become a problem for Lisa Murkowski, who is up for re-election in 2022.
After Schumer mocked and made a fool of the Rinos who voted with Democrats…
Mitch McConnell Gives Joe Biden a Debt Limit: After Chuck Schumer’s ‘Childish Behavior’, Republicans Won’t Help You With Future Deal https://t.co/R0Wizh0p89
— Patricia Dickson (@Patrici15767099) October 10, 2021
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Political Consequences for McConnell
After breaking the deal, McConnell told Biden he probably won’t be able to do it again — he said he probably won’t find 10 Republicans to raise the debt ceiling again in December.
Democrats would have to raise the debt ceiling themselves to get the massive $3.5 trillion atonement bill passed.
Difficult words, but that’s the same story McConnell told his own party members before he broke this deal.
McConnell also has to deal with a party base that supports Donald Trump – who have not kept his feelings for McConnell a secret.
It can get lonely at the top for Mitch McConnell.
My new statement on the Democrats’ self-created debt crisis: pic.twitter.com/XwuqyS9oZ0
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) October 6, 2021
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