Democrats have stated that raising the debt ceiling should be a bipartisan exercise, especially since much of the current debt has been amassed under Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that “neither party can launder its responsibilities to pay the bills. Leader McConnell keeps talking about the Democrats’ new editions. It’s not this fault. “
But Republicans could ease that path by refusing to request 60 votes, a move they also considered in 2014 before Cruz made it clear that it would thwart those efforts too. When asked why the GOP shouldn’t allow the Democrats to raise the debt ceiling without filibusters this time around, Cruz replied, “They have 100 percent control and the ability to raise the debt ceiling in the process of reconciliation. And the only reason they wouldn’t be playing political games. “
The Democrats are instead aiming for at least 10 GOP votes to raise the debt ceiling, which is currently tight, as 46 Republicans are currently opposed to an increase in the credit limit. They could include the debt ceiling in their proposed billions of dollars in welfare spending, but it is currently lacking votes.
According to the Biden government, the debt ceiling will be exceeded sometime in October.