14 GOP Senators Break Ranks, Help Democrats Increase Debt Ceiling

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has devised a debt ceiling compromise with the Democrats lambasted by President Trump and opposed by two-thirds of the GOP Senators. (Shutterstock)

The Democrat Party got its way in a Senate vote on Thursday.

This happened when a total of 14 Republican senators, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, broke party ranks. In doing this, the Republicans sided with the Democrats to pass a controversial bill.

This bill paved the way for the raising of the debt ceiling with only a simple majority, circumventing the filibuster. The newly passed bill – for which President Trump severely criticized Mitch McConnell well in advance – will allow the Democrats to adopt an all-out increase on the debt limit in the next few days.

The new piece of legislation, which is technically about preventing reductions in the budget of Medicare, is now going to the desk of Democrat President Biden for him to sign it into law.

Key Republicans Folded

Thursday night’s vote became possible after earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the GOP leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), reached a compromise on the bill with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), thus effectively ending a partisan standoff that had been dragging on for several months.

However, according to President Trump, the compromise is coming at too high a price for both the Republican Party and the financial wellbeing of the United States.

He already reacted on Wednesday by lambasting McConnell – referring to him as “the Old Crow” and a “disaster” – for collaborating with the Democrats, and thus “giving away” America to them.

Trump insisted the GOP leader in the Senate should have used the debt ceiling talks in order to kill the de facto $5 trillion “Build Back Better” draft spending plan of Joe Biden, which Donald Trump said would change America’s “fabric” forever.

Trump also stated the bad debt ceiling scenario would have been much more preferable than allowing the Democrats to pass Biden’s gigantic spending bill.

This is the bill that will now allow the Democrat Party to hike the debt ceiling by a simple majority that was approved with 59 votes in favor and 35 votes against.

‘Crap Sandwich’

The vote of Senate Minority Leader McConnell, and the other 13 Republicans who backed the Senate Democrats, comes as a marked departure from their original position. That’s because these Republicans seemingly gave up exerting pressure on the Democrats, as Trump had insisted.

However, while the Republicans will not be able to vote against the actual debt ceiling bill, they won’t be able to block it.

According to McConnell, that will avoid a government default, while leaving all the political responsibility for the raised debt ceiling with Democrats.

GOP Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota has described McConnell’s deal to allow the Democrats to raise the debt ceiling as a “crap sandwich.” (Flickr)

Needless to say, many other congressional Republicans aren’t pleased with McConnell.