'What he wants is simply chaos': NYT report exposes Mitch McConnell’s insidious debt ceiling game

'What he wants is simply chaos': NYT report exposes Mitch McConnell’s insidious debt ceiling game

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a long history of throwing his weight around whenever the United States needs to raise its debt ceiling, and October 2021 is no exception. McConnell, Jonathan Weisman reports in the New York Times, "appears to want to sow political chaos for Democrats while insulating himself and other Republicans from an issue that has the potential to divide them."

Weisman reports, "Mr. McConnell has said the government must not be allowed to stop paying its debts; he has also said he will not let any Republicans vote to raise the limit, while moving repeatedly to block Democrats from doing so themselves. Instead, he has prescribed a path forward for Democrats: Use a complicated budget process known as reconciliation to maneuver around a Republican filibuster that he refuses to lift."

Economists have been warning that if the U.S. were to default on its debt obligations, there would be dire economic consequences not only for the United States, but all over the world.

In a letter to President Joe Biden on October 4, McConnell wrote, "We have no list of demands."

Weisman explains, "Given that the switch is currently off, (McConnell) argues, Democrats have only one path forward: The Senate Budget Committee must produce a resolution that includes instructions to raise the debt ceiling, which must then pass the House and Senate and weather a barrage of hostile amendments. Then, the House must draft and vote on a separate bill to lift the debt ceiling, which would then go to the Senate, where it could not be filibustered but would again have to survive an onslaught of politically difficult votes. Any proposal could be considered, and if any were adopted, the measure would be forced back to the House. And they have 14 days to do it."

Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall, in response to Weisman's reporting, tweeted:

But liberal Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent, a scathing critic of McConnell, responded:

Politico's Sam Stein, known for his frequent MSNBC appearances, observed:

Here are some more responses to Weisman's reporting:






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