“What the Republicans are doing is nothing more than a meal and dash of historic proportions,” Schumer said in a speech Monday. “It’s not just a partisan battle. It’s about avoiding a crisis that would undo all the progress our country has made to heal the Covid crisis.”
At least one Republican senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said on Monday that he tended to support the measure for disaster relief.
“I would probably vote for it, but I wouldn’t pass it because I don’t have 10 Republican votes,” he said. “But for disaster relief, no, no, no, I don’t vote for this. This is a manufactured crisis.”
If the bill is not passed, a disaster can occur just 10 days before government funds expire. If lawmakers do not approve the debt limit increase in the coming weeks, the government may default for the first time. The result can be a financial crisis, or at least a crisis of confidence in US credit and governance.
Republicans argue that Democrats can lift their debt restrictions themselves, given that they can essentially resume the budget blueprint they are using to push Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion economic package. However, adding a debt cap increase was a difficult and politically difficult task, and the Democratic Party rejected the proposal.
Speaker of the House, John Yarmuth, said, “Personally, I want a clear vote on debt caps so that Republicans actually only record that vote and don’t confuse it with funding. I’m out. ” Talk about the Budget Committee, “Fox News Sunday”. “But in the end, the most important thing is to do both.”
Even if they demand Republican cooperation, Democratic leaders have signaled for weeks that they are not willing to offer concessions in exchange for voting to raise debt caps. Parliamentarians also continued to negotiate with Afghan refugees on details of natural disaster relief and extensions of several programs scheduled to expire at the end of the fiscal year on September 30.