Republicans are “refusing to do their job,” President Joe Biden thundered Monday, calling their failure to raise the debt ceiling “hypocritical, dangerous and disgraceful.”
Sorry, Joe: Your a long time in Washington absolutely taught you the way this works. It’s the celebration in energy, particularly the one which holds the White House, that has to get this finished. Getting the votes to do it all the time requires compromise.
The blame recreation gained’t spherical up these votes; at finest, it units up finger-pointing later if the Treasury does run out of borrowing potential.
Yet Biden appears intent on slamming everybody else for the failure of his insanely bold agenda, launched regardless of Democrats’ desperately skinny majorities within the House and Senate.
He claims that Republicans are stopping Democrats from “saving the economy from a catastrophic event,” as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warns the feds shall be out of money by Oct. 18. But Dems’ slim majorities are sufficient to raise the ceiling by way of reconciliation — although it’d let Republicans rating some low-cost political factors.
Plus, the GOP sees the Democrats intent on governing alone, passing economy-killing spending sprees on party-line votes. Since they don’t get a say in how cash is spent, why ought to Republicans make it any simpler for Dems to spend these trillions?
As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell places it, “Bipartisanship is not a light switch that Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and Leader [Chuck] Schumer may flip on to borrow money and flip off to spend it.”
Biden himself voted towards debt-ceiling hikes thrice as a senator. Now he notes that Dems voted to lift it beneath President Donald Trump. But that was after Trump lower a cope with Pelosi and Schumer for Democratic votes, agreeing to hike spending on home applications. “Democrats have secured an increase of more than $100 billion in funding for domestic priorities since President Trump took office,” Pelosi bragged in urging colleagues to vote for suspending the debt restrict.
Whining and finger-pointing gained’t get the job finished now. Negotiate a compromise, or get Chuck and Nancy to chunk the bullet and use reconciliation. Stop refusing to do your job, Mr. President.