“Democrats have been clear from the start we will do the responsible thing,” Schumer said ahead of the vote. “The Republican obstruction of the debt ceiling was reckless, irresponsible, but today Republicans will still have the opportunity to get what they asked for … we can proceed with final passage of this bill .
Time is running out, and with neither side showing flaws in their resolve, Democrats are considering a number of exits, including making an exception to the filibuster rules for debt ceiling legislation, known as exclusion name. It would take away the Republicans’ ability to block the effort.
Senate Democrats met with White House leaders Wednesday morning to discuss the looming debt cliff, among other topics.
“My point is that if the Republicans don’t do it on their own, we should have an exception on this issue,” Sen said. Chris Van Hollen from Maryland, a Democrat on the Budget Committee, after the meeting. “We are now on the brink and any day you could have a downgrade in our national credit rating. Time is therefore running out. “
Exploding the filibuster to raise the debt ceiling only works if all Democrats agree, Van Hollen noted. President Joe Biden reported on Tuesday that a workaround for the filibuster is being discussed. But it would take the support of party centrists like Sens. Joe manchin (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), who have not indicated they will support an approach both sides could use to advance certain political priorities.
Meanwhile, Democrats insist they will not use the budget reconciliation process to raise the debt ceiling on their own, as the Republicans have demanded. Democratic leaders say reconciliation, or the same special fiscal maneuver Democrats are deploying to push through Biden’s massive social spending plans, could prove long and arduous.
Leader of the minority in the Senate Mitch mcconnell said Wednesday morning that Democrats had “spent two and a half months doing nothing and now they are complaining that they are running out of time.” He insisted that the majority party had ample clue to form an idea using reconciliation.
But Democrats came out of the festive lunches Tuesday even more determined not to use the special budget process. Even the senator Tim kaine (D-Va.), Who expressed last week that he was open to the use of reconciliation, is now closing the door to this possibility.
“We’re not doing it on reconciliation,” Kaine said. “If we want to do it, we would love the help of the Republicans. But we’re not going to do it on reconciliation.
If Senate Democrats decide to pull the cord of reconciliation, some Republicans have demonstrated a willingness to ensure the process moves forward quickly, promising to throw up some GOP roadblocks.
“I do not anticipate it will be a prolonged exercise,” the senator said. Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) said Tuesday. “I can’t speak for everyone, but I think generally, given the time constraints, I’m probably letting them do what they need to do.”
But Democrats continue to distance themselves from reconciliation as an option, which Republicans could ultimately use as a political stick midway through next year if the majority party is forced to settle on a new limit figure. of debt during the process.
After meeting with White House officials Wednesday morning, Senator. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Stressed that “Senate Democrats remain united on debt.”
“The Republicans must allow us this vote tonight and we will own it because they are afraid of it,” she said. “We are governing and we are not going to let a bunch of interest rates go up and wreak havoc across this country just because they are trying to play politics. Now is the time to rule.