UPDATED 9:29 AM PT – Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Republicans fulfilled their promise to block a Senate vote on the debt ceiling. On Monday, a procedural vote to advance consideration of a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through December 3 while suspending the debt limit failed as a potential shutdown looms.
Republicans voted to oppose the bill from advancing through the upper chamber, which they said was in response to the Democrats’ attempts to push the multi-trillion dollar reconciliation package through without GOP support.
Despite Republican opposition, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) used a procedural loophole to allow him to brined the measure back to the floor for reconsideration and voiced his frustration.
“The Republican Party has now become the part of default, the party that says America doesn’t pay its debts,” said the New York lawmaker.
Republicans, meanwhile, are saying the real problem is that the Democrats’ reconciliation bill is one of the “biggest, most reckless spending social bills in U.S. history.”
“Over three and a half trillion dollars, a spending spree that will be the largest in a generation, will include the largest tax hike that we’ve seen in peacetime,” stated Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). “And something that the majority leader himself has called the largest transformation in a generation.”
Sullivan added, this is trying to transform America with “cradle-to-grave socialism.” Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Democrats are to blame for the potential shutdown.
“They have every single tool they need to do their job,” he asserted. “The democratic leader, the Speaker of the House and the President of the United States have had 10 weeks to plan for funding the government and addressing the debt limit. There never had to be one ounce of drama for any of this. Any drama here is self created by the Democrats.”
Tonight Senate Democrats blocked a clean bill to fund the government. They had an opportunity to take a bipartisan step toward guaranteeing there’ll be no shutdown but instead they are playing politics. https://t.co/RN6Dx5MPFN
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) September 28, 2021
The debt limit, which reportedly comes to more than $28 trillion, was reinstated in August after being previously suspended. All of this comes as the fiscal year is set to end on Thursday.