McConnell Says GOP Will Not Help Fund ‘Socialist Shopping List’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday doubled down on his pledge that Republicans won’t vote to raise the debt ceiling after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called on Congress to pass an increase to the limit via regular order, meaning at least 10 Senate Republicans would have to vote for it to break a filibuster.

“I thought my colleagues were thrilled to present another reckless taxing and spending spree to the American people,” McConnell, R-Ky., said. “Shouldn’t Democrats be proud to own all the debt it requires?”

McConnell has framed his call for all Republicans to vote against raising the debt ceiling as a protest of the $3.5 trillion spending plan Democrats plan to advance under budget reconciliation. Using that procedural gambit, Democrats can get around the Senate filibuster and cut out Republicans.

The GOP leader said Democrats should “have total ownership” of their “socialist shopping list” and therefore raise the debt ceiling on their own using the budget reconciliation process that empowers them to do so without GOP votes.

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