McConnell Challenges Democrats to Stop Looking for a Shortcut and Get Back to Partisan Hardball

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader from Kentucky, made some remarks from the Senate floor on Monday. He pushed back against the idea that Republicans are to blame for the current state of gridlock in the nation’s capital.

Senator McConnell said, “Democrats could not be more capable of handling this on their own. Just months ago, the Democratic Leader won new powers to reuse reconciliation over and over. They don’t even need our consent to set a vote at 51 instead of 60. They need even less help raising the debt limit than majorities needed in the past.”

McConnell called Nancy Pelosi “Madame President,” and said that if Republicans were sitting on a hidden veto power to stop reconciliation bills, she would have heard about it way back in the springtime.

The Kentucky senator declared that the Democratic majority does not, in fact, need their votes. He said they just want a bipartisan shortcut around procedural hurdles; hurdles they can, in fact, clear on their own. He revealed that his opposition just wants the political shortcut so that they can pivot right back to partisan spending as fast as possible.

McConnell’s exact words were, “They want a bipartisan shortcut to get right back to more partisan hardball.” He went on to say that the Republican Party spent two and a half months explaining the way Democrats needed to go forward in dealing with the debt ceiling. But McConnell said that this “unified” Democratic government is “having trouble governing.”

McConnell criticized the opposition Party saying that they could not pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill which the president negotiated and the Speaker of the House promised would pass last week.

He said, “The majority needs to stop sleepwalking toward yet another preventable crisis. Democrats need to tackle the debt limit. We gave them a roadmap and three months’ notice. I suggest that our colleagues get moving.”

The Daily Wire reported that McConnell refuted the claim by Democrats in a letter to President Joe Biden that Republicans were responsible for the ongoing debt ceiling problem. And he reminded his colleagues that Senate Republicans have been warning their Democratic counterparts for months that they would need to raise the debt ceiling on their own.

The Democrats have been scrambling in a haphazard attempt to come together as a party so that they can pass elements of the president’s agenda.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote a letter to Democrats on Monday in which he proposed a schedule for passing the current bills being debated in Congress, and raising the debt ceiling.

He clearly described the urgent need to get a bill to the president’s desk that deals with the debt limit by the end of this week. He said that his party did not have the luxury of waiting until October 18th and that it was their responsibility to re-assure the world that America can meet its obligations and that the full faith and credit of the United States should not ever be in question.

Schumer warned that the consequences of even approaching the October 18th deadline could be a disaster for our economy and also devastating to our families.

He also challenged his colleagues to come together to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the massive social policy legislation by the end of October.

He believes they can put aside their differences and get the job done by finding some common ground. He wants to get a final deal done not in a matter of weeks, but days.

If they can do this, and that is a big question…they will have to stop blaming the Republicans and take responsibility once and for all.