Democrats want nothing more than to include a bill that raises the debt ceiling in a government funding bill. Republicans insist that they include the debt ceiling bill in their massive, $3.5 trillion spending package so that they can be held accountable when the bill wrecks the U.S. economy.
According to Breitbart, even with their disadvantage, Republicans managed to quash a vote on H.R. 5305, the continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the U.S. government operating as Democrats attempted to insert the debt ceiling lift into the CR, instead of their $3.5 trillion spending bill.
As it stands, the U.S. government could shut down by the end of the week, as it’s only funded through Sept. 30, setting up a political showdown between the two parties.
After the unsuccessful vote on cloture for H.R. 5305, a number of Republicans, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) made it known why he opposed the inclusion of the debt ceiling increase in the government funding bill.
“Democrats are in control of the executive and legislative branches of government. As they demonstrated in passing massive spending bills on a purely partisan basis, they are fully capable of increasing the debt ceiling without Republican votes,” Johnson said.
The senator added: “I drafted a letter that 46 Republican senators signed in early August giving Democrats fair warning that they would not receive Republican help in raising the debt ceiling to accommodate their partisan deficit spending.”
Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) opined, saying, “Instead of working on clean, bipartisan legislation to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown, Democrats forced a vote on a bill that ties government funding to a two-year suspension of the debt limit that will enable Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reckless tax-and-spend bill.”
Democrats attempted to spin the situation by claiming that Republicans will be responsible for a shutdown, should it occur later this week.
Only time will tell where this debacle goes, but as it stands, it appears as if both sides are unwilling to budge.