Democrats prepare for Plan B ahead of unlikely Senate approval to raise debt ceiling
The Senate will hold a frivolous vote Monday night – barely 72 hours before a potential shutdown – on a bill passed by the House to fund the government until Dec. 3 and raise the debt ceiling.
Why is this important: The bill will fail. Period. But then comes Plan B: a continuing “clean” resolution – void of language on raising the debt limit – that Democrats spent the last week preparing, Axios was told.
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In the absence of a short-term funding bill, federal agencies will close on Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Say it’s not an option, so they’re going to do it.
This means the Democrats, namely the rulers, will likely have to do what they spent last month swearing they wouldn’t: attach legislation that would raise the debt ceiling to their partisan reconciliation plan.
And after: Monday’s vote is purely symbolic at this point, given that Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) And Senate Republicans have said for weeks that they will not support raising the ceiling of the debt.
A reminder: It’s not normal.
Democrats still plan to use the failed bill to shame Republicans for what they will call voting for a shutdown and “rushing our country to a default,” as Schumer said this week. last.
As we reported last week, Republicans’ refusal to join Democrats in dealing with the national debt is not typical of Congress, and their arguments as to why are largely absurd.
The debt they are facing was mainly accumulated under the Trump administration and the predecessors of the former Republican president.
But McConnell has managed to make it a key talking point for his party ahead of the midterms and a political public relations nightmare for Democrats.
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