‘Show strength’: Trump demands Senate GOP disarm the debt limit to kill Biden’s law on social welfare

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Senate Republicans to use the looming debt ceiling deadline to pressure Democrats to abandon the White House’s about $ 1.75 trillion in social welfare bills.

Mr. Trump, a leading figure in the GOP, urged Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to reject any effort to raise the debt ceiling even at the risk of defaulting on U.S. debt.

“Old Crow Mitch McConnell, who is being beaten on all fronts by the radical left-wing Democrats since giving them a two-month delay, which allowed them to ‘pull themselves together’, must be fully prepared to use the DEBT ceiling for completely kill the Democrat’s new law on social spending (Wasting!), which will change our country forever, ”Mr. Trump said in a statement.

He has long been a fierce critic of Mr. McConnell.

The former president claimed that by arming the debt ceiling, Republicans could pressure Democrats to choose between paying federal debt and adopting President Biden’s massive social welfare and climate bill.

“Use the debt ceiling, Mitch, show strength and courage,” he added. “Our country is being destroyed.”

The debt limit is currently set at $ 28.9 trillion, and the Treasury is using “extraordinary measures” to reallocate cash and keep the government solvent. Finance Minister Janet Yellen said the government will reach the debt limit on December 15th.

If Congress does not raise the debt ceiling in time, the Treasury Department will be forced to decide which bills will be paid and which will not be paid.

Mr. Trump’s statement came a day after Senator Joe Manchin III publicly admitted that Democrats were weighing a GOP offer to enter into an agreement to raise the debt limit.

“I understand that senator [Majority Leader Charles E.] Schumer and senator “McConnell has talked about this or maybe tried to find a way forward, and hopefully we will find one,” said Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat. “I think it is our responsibility to make sure that we take care of the debt ceiling. The Democrats are now in control, so we want to make sure we do it and do it right. “

According to the proposal, which was devised by Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Democrats would use the budget voting process to raise the debt ceiling. Reconciliation, used by Democrats in an attempt to pass Mr Biden’s bill of about $ 1.75 trillion, allows for some tax and spending measures to avert the Senate’s threshold of 60 votes and pass by a simple majority.

Republicans would agree to the maneuver by not slowing down the process of parliamentary roadblocks. Mr. Toomey said the GOP’s sole responsibility would be to “give the time back and not drag it out.”

“This could be a 48-hour exercise,” Mr. Toomey. “It would probably be smaller than that.”

Any attempt to increase or suspend the debt ceiling, the ceiling on how much the federal government can borrow to cover the expenses, is subject to normal filibuster rules in the Senate. This means that if only one legislator objects, 60 votes will be required to interrupt the debate.

Mr. McConnell, who helped give GOP votes to a short-term debt ceiling increase earlier this year, has ruled out doing it again. Instead of arguing that Democrats should address the issue on their own using reconciliation.

As stated by Mr. Toomey’s proposal, this process would require all 50 Republicans in the Senate to participate in a limited debate.

“Let me assure everyone that the government will not default, as it never did,” said Mr. McConnell. “The majority leader and I have had discussions about the way forward.”

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