Republicans Go Head-to-Head Over Debt Ceiling Talks

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Senator Rick Scott has said that he is tired of giving in on the debt limit and that additional pressure was being put on Mitch McConnell to keep him from reaching a last minute agreement with Biden.

Scott’s newest pressure on McConnell is part of their long-standing battle over who would hold the leadership over the Senate GOP. While in November, McConnell managed to secure his position in a closed door leadership election, that has not stopped Scott from reaching out to oppose McConnell and trying to weaken his position.

GOP failed to win the Senate majority in November and were also a part of the $1.7 trillion end of year omnibus spending package. Scott has throughout this time maintained that federal spending needed to be cut down, especially now that the debt ceiling needed to be increased.

The Department of Treasury had announced that after the debt ceiling was hit they could follow “extraordinary measures” that would keep the U.S. government afloat until June.

Scott has been preparing for a potential fight with McConnell regarding the debt ceiling since April 2021 when he first pushed to have all debt ceiling increases accompanied by structural reforms and spending cuts. Scott further added that McConnell had caved in 2021 when he was working on a deal with Schumer to create a one-time procedure exception that would allow the debt ceiling to be increased without the filibuster.

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