October 8, 2021

GOP ‘surprised and disappointed’ with McConnell over Dem deal

By T. Thompson In Latest News with Comments Off on GOP ‘surprised and disappointed’ with McConnell over Dem deal

Some Senate GOP members are taking issue with the debit-limit deal announced Thursday between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Several Senate Republicans were “surprised and disappointed” when they learned the deal’s details, sources said.

According to The Hill, one Republican senator said, “you could hear a pin drop,” as McConnell shared the particulars of the plan.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) shed some light on why the agreement caught his colleagues by surprise. A group of 46 Senate Republicans sent Schumer a letter in August saying, “we will not vote to increase the debt ceiling, whether that increase comes through a stand-alone bill, a continuing resolution, or any other vehicle.”

“I think they feel like maybe we could have pushed it a little longer,” Cramer said. “The problem is the Republican members feel like we’re blinking and blinking a little earlier than might be necessary.”

A minimum of 10 Republicans would need to vote for the motion to pass and pave the way to raise the debt limit by $480 billion, enough to last until Dec. 3.


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