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McConnell Explains How Democrats Can Raise Debt Ceiling "All On Their Own"

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discusses a process Congressional Democrats can use to pass a budget and raise the debt ceiling without Republican votes.


SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL; Last month, Democrats introduced a sweeping budget resolution on August 9 and passed it before sunrise on August 11. Three days.

Our Democratic colleagues have about a month -- a month -- plenty of time to do their job as a unified government and protect the full faith and credit of the United States.

The Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee admitted last weekend that Democrats could -- could -- tackle the debt limit alone. They just don't want to.

Some Senate Democrats have said similar things.

This may be inconvenient for them. But it is totally possible, and this Democratic government must not manufacture an avoidable crisis for the sake of their own convenience.

Senate Democrats know what they need to do. Let me lay it out.

They will need to write a short resolution amending their previous budget resolution with new debt limit instructions. They'll take that to the Budget Committee, which will probably deadlock, so they'll vote to discharge it. Like they've done for other bills and nominations.

Then a vote to proceed on the floor, a limited "vote-a-rama," and a vote on final passage.

Then once the budget has been amended, the House and Senate Democrats would use the same fast-track process on a short and simple bill to actually raise the debt limit.

This won't be a multi-week process. Probably about a week of the Senate's time or a little more.

And they won't have to wait on their reckless taxing and spending spree even.

They can move a stand-alone debt limit bill all on its own.

I understand our Democratic colleagues may feel inconvenienced by this. I understand this may slightly delay their partisan bill. But that's a complaint -- that's a complaint, not an excuse. We have a unified Democratic government that has decided to govern alone. They cannot put partisan ambitions ahead of basic duties the party-line authors of this reckless taxing and spending spree will be the owners of raising the debt limit.
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