UPDATED 11:53 AM PT – Thursday, September 16, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) unveiled a plan to fight Democrat attempts to pass sweeping reform without input from the GOP. This comes as tensions on Capitol Hill heat up as Democrats attempt to use their slim majority to raise the national debt limit.
During an interview, Cruz made it clear that it’s time to give Democrat lawmakers a taste of their own medicine and unveiled a plan. The Texas Republican said he will use the filibuster rule to fight Democrat efforts to raise the debt ceiling without GOP support and called on other Republicans to do the same.
Cruz pointed out Democrats have made it clear they can use reconciliation process at any time to pass their spending wish lists and raise the national debt. He added, Democrats want Republican support as a “political cover” to make it look like Joe Biden’s radical spending proposals were passed as a bipartisan effort.
Meanwhile, GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the left’s continuous desperation to pass sweeping bills without support from the other side is unlike anything he has ever seen.
“This year is unique and, you know, I’ve been here a long time,” he stated. “I’ve never seen such an effort to expand the reach of the federal government like we’ve been confronted with this year through not just one reconciliation process, but apparently yet another. ”
The Kentucky lawmaker stressed spending bills must be passed as true bipartisan efforts not through a process as one-sided as reconciliation.
“Let me be crystal clear about this, Republicans are united in opposition to raising the debt ceiling not because it doesn’t need to be done,” he explained.
Let’s be clear: With a Democratic President, a Democratic House, and a Democratic Senate, Democrats have every tool they need to raise the debt limit. It is their sole responsibility. Republicans will not facilitate another reckless, partisan taxing and spending spree.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) September 15, 2021
McConnell warned the left’s stunts are setting a dangerous precedent and if Democrats continue to dismiss concerns about their sweeping measures they will face consequences.
“So, if they want to do all of this on a partisan basis, they have the ability and the responsibility to ensure that the federal government not default,” he continued. “And they will have to take care of that.”
Meanwhile, in a separate statement, GOP senators stressed they will not vote for any Democrat proposals on national debt and irresponsible spending, especially when it’s pushed in a way that dismisses leaders who were elected by millions of Americans.