McConnell Ditches House Republicans

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( – Senate GOP Leader McConnell has insisted that he will not be the one to come up with a rescue plan so as to settle the battle over the debt limit.

McConnell has long negotiated with President Biden on many important issues, including the extension of the Bush tax cuts at the end of 2010, avoiding a national default in 2011, and the fiscal cliff in 2012. However, the GOP leader does not appear to be willing to step into the negotiations over the debt limit this time around.

The Senate GOP leader has also been a big supporter of the bipartisan infrastructure package and the semiconductor industry investments, helping Biden pass two of his big agenda items.

McConnell has argued that Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would need to come up with a deal regarding the debt limit on their own. He further added that any deal coming from the Senate would not pass through the House. McConnell claimed that this is something that the president is aware of, but that until he negotiates with the Speaker of the House “we’ll be at a standoff.”

Republican aides have argued that McConnell’s strategy is to use Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is generally seen as a tougher negotiator than Biden. A Senate Republican aide has also argued that Schumer has more “leverage.”

Other GOP senators have also stated that they believe that the negotiations between Biden and McCarthy will continue to stall, but that in the end, it will be up to McConnell.

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