Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his vote to raise the debt ceiling was the only win he plans to give Joe Biden.
President Trump said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “made a big mistake” in allowing Democrats to pass a short-term debt ceiling hike. During an interview on Thursday, Trump said McConnell gave Democrats time to figure out what they are going to do on the debt ceiling when they were in a “big bind.”
Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) condemned Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for insulting GOP senators. Manchin covered his face in disgust and walked out on Thursday after a key procedural vote on suspending the debt limit.
The Senate voted to increase the debt ceiling by $480 billion. In a 50-to-48 vote on Thursday, the Senate narrowly voted to raise the debt limit through Dec. 3. This comes just after the Senate voted to finish debate on the bill, narrowly passing the 60-vote threshold needed to do so.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered up a short-term solution to avoid a catastrophic government default. In a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday, McConnell said his party would support a deal to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling at a fixed dollar amount.
The debate has heated up in the upper chamber as senators from both sides sparred over the debt ceiling. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took aim at one another amid the battle over who had control over the U.S. economy.
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) urged Joe Biden to directly appeal with congressional Democrats to raise the debt ceiling themselves. In a letter to Biden on Monday, McConnell warned Democrats were “sleepwalking” toward unavoidable danger because of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) months of inaction.
Joe Biden signed the stopgap bill, in turn, avoiding a government shutdown. The legislation reached Biden’s desk just hours before the shutdown deadline Thursday night. Government programs and agencies will now be funded through December 3.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Joe Biden lied about the advice he received on keeping troops in Afghanistan. Speaking from the Senate floor on Wednesday, McConnell said Biden “gave our enemies in Afghanistan everything they wanted and got less than nothing in return.”