Combat by Trial: These Two Senators Battle Over Debt Ceiling

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Congressman Chuck Schumer

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer clashed Tuesday over the controversial debt ceiling deal between the President and Democrats. The two leaders’ dispute offered hints on how the renewed negotiations on debt limits will look like in December when the two parties must reach a new deal to prevent a government default.

McConnell thinks the debt ceiling deal didn’t help Democrats the way that they had expected it to. The GOP leader is confident the agreement wouldn’t give the rival party the necessary political leverage on the GOP in December.

The debt ceiling vote could be delayed until 2018, according to McConnell. He thinks that Dems “spiked the ball in the end zone a little too early,” as the Treasury’s extraordinary measures to bar the government from exceeding its borrowing limit would not make a vote possible earlier than next year. Guess someone also forgot to tell him spiking the ball in the end zone is against NFL rules if done towards another player. This means that Schumer’s team has no real leverage.

McConnell recently told the New York Times that he could “confidently predict” that the debt ceiling issues would not be paired with any spending legislation in December. The Republican unveiled that he had issued an amendment, which doesn’t put on hold the Treasury’s precautionary measures in connection to the debt ceiling.

Schumer’s Reaction

Schumer replied to his rival’s musings in his own fashion. He is confident his party would have the necessary leverage by the end of the year regardless of the timing of the debt ceiling bill.

If they used extraordinary measures to extend the debt ceiling there would be two cliffs instead of one,

He said after reporters briefed him on McConnell’s claims in the Times interview.

Schumer wondered why the Republicans would use the Treasury’s measures since the move doesn’t benefit them or the country.

Last week, Schumer and House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed on an 18-month extension of the debt ceiling deal. After staunch opposition from Democrats and rabid negotiations, the extension narrowed to three months, something that Trump surprisingly accepted.
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