Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday he was not “bluffing” the Republicans’ position on the debt ceiling.
McConnell told Punchbowl News Republicans will not help Democrat-controlled Congress raise the debt ceiling, which is necessary for the government to continue to operate alongside a bill to fund the government.
The senior Senate Republican said Democrats have a responsibility to raise the debt ceiling:
I voted to increase the debt ceiling to cover all expenses through this, as part of a bipartite negotiated ceiling agreement between the previous administration, the president and myself. So the only problem is who is responsible for doing it? A Democratic President, a Democratic Chamber, a Democratic Senate.
We opposed virtually everything they did this year. They did it through two reconciliation bills, one bailout bill and now they’re trying to do it again. It is their obligation. They should step up. It’s hard to be in the majority. They are the ones who will increase the debt ceiling.
The debt ceiling expired on August 1, but it will take weeks for the federal government to reach the debt ceiling threshold. Democrats also have about nine days to fund the federal government.
President Joe Biden’s administration and Democratic leaders in Congress believe Senate Republicans will falter when the debt ceiling deadline draws near; however, McConnell often led by accurately measuring the temperature of his caucus.
McConnell berated suggestions that he and his caucus could crack under the pressure of brothel-style negotiations with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over the debt ceiling.
Swamp Captain Mitch McConnell celebrates handing over to China Joe his massive victory over trillion dollar “infrastructure”! https://t.co/l10Gjx5Sun
– Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 13, 2021
He said, “Do you think I’m bluffing? … I said the same thing to several intermediaries who came.
McConnell said Democrats should raise the debt ceiling in their $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation infrastructure package; although Democrats have not moved to do so.
Leading Senate Republicans have said they will not support raising the debt ceiling.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-FL) said on Tuesday he would obstruct any attempt to raise the debt ceiling.
“If you are going to limit the debt, you have to do it alone, separately, and it has to be linked to something that helps control spending,” said Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Sean Moran is a Congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on twitter @ SeanMoran3.