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McConnell ramps up pressure on Dems on debt limit increase, says no help from GOP

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is ramping up pressure on Democrats to act on the debt ceiling alone, reasserting that Republicans will not aid them in increasing the federal government’s borrowing limit in a letter sent to President Biden on Monday. 

The Kentucky Republican argued that Democrats are “nation is sleepwalking toward significant and avoidable danger” as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tees up a doomed vote on a House-passed, standalone debt limit measure, with GOP lawmakers holding firm in their position it should be addressed along party lines. Republicans have argued that they can’t back the increase, alleging that it would greenlight Democrats’ plans to pass a multi-trillion social spending package they feel will exacerbate inflation and have a negative impact on the economy. 

“For many years, our working relationship has been defined not only by our strong disagreements, but also by mutual transparency and respectful candor. I write in that spirit to express concern that our nation is sleepwalking toward significant and avoidable danger because of confusion and inaction from the Speaker of the House and the Senate Democratic Leader concerning basic governing duties,” McConnell wrote, noting he has warned members across the aisle they would not receive GOP support on the measure since July.   

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