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Robert Namer
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October 10, 2021

     Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned President Biden Friday that Republicans will not vote to raise the federal debt ceiling in December after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer delivered a rant on the Senate floor Thursday that McConnell called “so partisan, angry, and corrosive that even Democratic Senators were visibly embarrassed by him and for him.” McConnell made a foolish mistake - he lost the trust of many Republicans.

     After 11 Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to end debate on a short-term increase to the nation’s borrowing limit, Schumer (D-NY) rose and accused the GOP of having “played a dangerous and risky partisan game.” “I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work,” said Schumer, who added that “despite immense opposition from Leader McConnell and members of his conference, our [Democratic] caucus held together, and we have pulled our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over.”

     “This tantrum encapsulated and escalated a pattern of angry incompetence from Senator Schumer,” McConnell (R-Ky.) wrote. Schumer’s words did not affect the vote on the actual legislation to raise the debt ceiling, which passed along party lines. But the vitriol was too much for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who could be seen holding his head in his hands as Schumer spoke before walking out of the Senate chamber in disgust. 

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