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McConnell Holds the Line With Conservatives On Debt Ceiling

McConnell Holds the Line With Conservatives On Debt Ceiling

After the recent deal, the President made with Democrats over the debt ceiling, there has been a lot of talk about removing the need for a vote on the debt ceiling. Democrats have even pressed the President to put a bill forth to do exactly that.

Well, the Senate Majority Leader has responded according to TheHill:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) predicted on Tuesday that Congress would stick with the debt ceiling.
“Getting Congress to give up a tool like that would probably be quite a challenging undertaking. My assumption is that the debt ceiling will continue,” he told reporters during a weekly leadership press conference.
McConnell didn’t directly say if he would support getting rid of the debt limit.
President Trump has floated the idea of getting rid of the debt ceiling, a move that puts him at odds with some GOP lawmakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Trump told reporters late last week that “there are a lot of good reasons” to get rid of the debt limit.
“The president encouraged Congressional leaders to find a more permanent solution to the debt ceiling so the vote is not so frequently politicized,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last week.
Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed during a closed-door meeting to discuss a plan to do away with future debt ceiling votes later this year.
The conversation came as Trump agreed with congressional Democrats to extend government funding and raise the debt ceiling for three months.
The deadline could force Congress to revisit both issues in December.
But McConnell reiterated on Tuesday that Congress will be able to delay another debt ceiling vote until 2018 by allowing the Treasury Department to use “extraordinary measures.”

So the Senate Majority Leader doesn’t want to give up the ability to vote, however, doesn’t want to have one until after November 2018. Then Senator McConnell just wants things both ways and that is just not how it works.

Credit: The Hill


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