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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has caved on the debt ceiling once again, raising questions over his place in the modern Republican Party, with critics like outspoken Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert saying that of all the “swampy moves” she’s witnessed since taking office, this latest one appears to be the worst.
Reports emerged this week that the Republican leader has eked out a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that would allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling without any Republican support.
“Schumer and McConnell first met before the Thanksgiving break and then finalized their deal on Dec. 1, just off the Senate floor in the ornate Marble Room. For one time only, they agreed, the Senate Democrats could raise the debt limit on their own, with a little Republican help to get there,” according to Politico.
This would be achieved by gutting the filibuster, ostensibly for “one time only,” so that Democrats could raise the debt ceiling with a simple 51-vote “majority” instead of the 60 votes usually required to push such legislation.
This deal comes despite McConnell having vowed during his last cave to force Democrats to raise the debt limit through reconciliation — a process that they have desperately been avoiding because it’d use up one of their limited opportunities to pass their radical legislation — unless they jettison the widely panned Build Back Better proposal that they’re still keen on pushing through Congress.
The Republican Senate leader now claims he wants Democrats to “proudly own” the raising of the bloated debt ceiling. He also argues that by allowing Democrats this convenience, he’s reducing the likelihood of them going rogue and eliminating the filibuster altogether — a prospect that seems extraordinarily unlikely given the staunch opposition of Democrats Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
In a blistering statement made through an Instagram video posted late Tuesday, Boebert excoriated McConnell for purporting to be conservative yet continually legislating like a Democrat.
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“The swamp creatures are working together to raise the freaking debt ceiling. This is totally corrupt and screws the American people right in their faces, blatantly in broad daylight. I’ve said it before, in D.C. bipartisan means Republicans cave to Democrats. It never works the other way, and that’s exactly what’s happening right now,” she said.
“Many RINOs run as conservatives and legislate like Pelosi. Let me tell you, the American people will remember these fake Republicans’ message that we have to get our debt and spending under control, then backstab the voters and hand a blank check to Biden, Bernie and the rest of these socialists.”
She added that amid all the “corruption, mini shell games and some really swampy moves” she’s witnessed during her first year in office, “this one right here beats all of them.”
In a statement to NBC News, Utah Sen. Mike Lee warned that McConnell’s move could backfire.
“It’s a terrible idea. Terrible. It would circumvent the filibuster. This is nuking the filibuster,” he said.
The worry is that this ostensibly “one time only” gutting of the filibuster will somehow, someway be made permanent.
And indeed, this appears to be exactly what Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has in mind:
.@EWarren on the Schumer-McConnell debt limit agreement: “This is an exception to the filibuster. And the Republicans have just signed on. It’s proof that it’s possible to create exceptions to the filibuster and move forward when it’s important.”
“Do it once, let’s do it twice.”
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) December 8, 2021
The good news for Republicans like Boebert and Lee is that McConnell’s deal requires the support of at least 10 Republicans.
“As part of the agreement, the Senate will take an initial vote Thursday on a bill that prevents Medicare cuts and greenlights a one-time exemption from the filibuster for a subsequent debt ceiling bill. At least 10 GOP senators will be needed to get the legislation that eases the way for the simple-majority debt ceiling vote through the Senate,” The Hill reported Wednesday afternoon.
The bad news is that McConnell is reportedly “confident” he’ll be able to muster up the votes, though according to The Hill, he wasn’t “there yet.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, when The Hill’s report was published, he had four of the required 10 votes: himself, John Thune, Roy Blunt and John Cornyn.
According to NBC News, Mitt Romney is predictably a likely vote as well.
“I leave it to Leader McConnell to find the best way to get the Democrats to raise the debt limit without us participating in that,” he told the outlet.
From the sounds of it, he intends to accept the deal.
Continuing her remarks on Instagram, Boebert warned that it’s insanity to trust Democrats with “your tax dollars.”
“Democrats have shown they are totally incapable of responsibly managing your tax dollars, so the last thing we need is to give them more of your tax dollars,” she said.
Let alone another another “major victory,” as noted below by Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton:
Mitch McConnell giving the Left a blank check on debt ceiling, while undermining the filibuster. Major victory for Biden, Schumer and Pelosi — and the radical left that wants a revolution with 51 votes in the Senate. https://t.co/fVpjBsKJLQ
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) December 9, 2021
Sen. Mitch McConnell is working behind the scenes with Democrats to nuke the filibuster!
Call McConnell RIGHT NOW at (202) 224-2541 and tell him you oppose the McConnell-Schumer Deal. pic.twitter.com/lN5ndxH3CM
— National Association for Gun Rights (@NatlGunRights) December 8, 2021
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