Republicans grow defiant against raising the nation's debt limit
September 15, 2021 at 00:56
Democrats could use a special budget process to pass the increase in the debt ceiling on their own with just a simple majority, but they've decided against it, opting instead to force the issue.
"This is for Trump debt," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic whip.
"Nope, not gonna happen," Sen. Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, said when asked if there was any way he'd vote to raise the debt ceiling.
For months, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been unequivocal: his caucus won't support hiking the debt ceiling .
In August, 46 Republican senators signed a letter declaring they wouldn't help Democrats with the 60 votes needed to raise the debt ceiling.
"If Democrats threaten a default, it will only be because they refuse to vote for the debt ceiling increase necessitated by their own irresponsible spending."
"I think it is safe to say if they attach raising the debt limit to the CR, the CR is going to fail.
Democrats are eyeing other ways to pressure Republicans into raising the borrowing limit, including tacking other popular items -- such as disaster aid and assistance for Afghan refugees -- onto a debt ceiling hike paired with government funding.
I am not voting to increase the debt ceiling," he told CNN.
Republicans are brushing aside charges of hypocrisy from Democrats, who note that the GOP supported a debt ceiling hike under President Donald Trump and that most of the nation's current debt was racked up under the former President.
Still, Republicans think they will be on solid political ground back home if they link the debt ceiling increase to Democrats' push to pass a massive $3.5 trillion economic bill.
But so far Republicans are largely defiant, predicting that they'd vote against a short-term spending bill if it meant raising the debt ceiling along with it.