Senator Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans continue to be the wrench in the government’s cogs when it comes to raising the federal debt limit. Republicans plan to filibuster to raise or suspend the debt limit, forcing Democrats to get 60 votes so they don’t have to end the filibuster. Republicans want Democrats to use the process known as budget reconciliation, a more complex process that would require Democrats to legislate specific changes in spending, income, deficits, or the debt ceiling.
Democrats wouldn’t need Republican votes, and Republicans want Democrats to own this increased debt.
Republicans must feel that by forcing Democrats to do it themselves, they will gain a political advantage.
But are Republicans really “paste it” Democrats or are they sticking it to the American people by threatening the fiscal integrity of the government, which is expected to run out of money by October 18 if the debt ceiling is not raised.
Economic experts warn that America could be plunged into a recession if it were to default on its debts, and that recession would spill over into the global economy. The stock market could lose billions in value, affecting the retirement funds and portfolios of Americans across the country.
If Mitch McConnell thinks it’s worth it if it means Republicans regain control of Congress, then he’s proven his priorities are with the party, not with the American people.