The House passed, along party lines, a stand-alone bill to raise the debt ceiling and fund the federal government through December 2022. However, the bill is dead before it arrives in the Senate in the face of a persistent Republican party opposition.
Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole told Yahoo News that Republicans are sending a message that the Democrats “alone must act” to raise the debt ceiling.
Rep. Cole said Republicans will not help suspend the debt limit “as long as this majority insists on spending money like drunken sailors on shore leave.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer asked Republicans to get out of the Democrats’ way, but he’s got more than Republicans blocking simple majority vote on the debt ceiling.
The Arizona Democrat Party supports censuring Sen. Sinema for her opposition to raising the debt ceiling.
Last night, Sen. Manchin released a statement indicating that he will not be supporting any Democrat or Republican bill that suspends the debt ceiling and opens the door to unchecked spending.
New MANCHIN statement: “What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs … is the definition of fiscal insanity.” pic.twitter.com/YGHSYxs0rk
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) September 29, 2021
Sen. Manchin said that every elected Congressman is bound to vote for “what they believe is best for the country and the American people, not their party.” He said, “I have said for months I can’t support $3.5 trillion more in spending when we have already spent $5.4 trillion since last March.”
Manchin urged everyone to look outside their party and ask, “how much is enough” spending? He said Biden and the Democrats’ plan to spend trillions more on expanding government and new programs when our established social programs are broke “is the definition of fiscal insanity” that he can’t support.
“Suggesting that spending trillions more will not have an impact on inflation ignores the everyday reality that America’s families continue [to] pay an unavoidable inflation tax,” Sen. Manchin said.
He admitted the tax code needed to “be reformed,” but the current plan by the Democrats makes it hard for small businesses to compete with giants like Amazon.
“Overall,” Manchin said. “The amount we spend now must be balanced with what we need and can afford – not designed to reengineer the social and economic fabric of this nation or vengefully tax for the sake of wishful spending.”
Sen. Manchin said he is open to discussions that lead to “common ground,” but he won’t “support trillions in spending or an all or nothing approach that ignored that brutal fiscal reality our nation faces.”
Manchin said one “lesson” gets him through the “difficult debate” concerning spending. “America is a great nation, but great nations throughout history have been weakened by careless spending and bad policies. Now, more than ever, we must work together to avoid these fatal mistakes so that we may fulfill our greatest responsibility as elected leaders and pass on a better America to the next generation.”
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