U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) approaches members of the press for a briefing after a Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UPDATED 5:51 PM PT – Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans would continue to stand against raising the debt limit. McConnell’s comments came on Tuesday as many have worried if the debt limit was raised, it would give Democrats the ability to push through their partisan $3.5 trillion spending package.
McConnell added Democrats have continually argued they wanted to do things without Republican support, except when it came to the debt limit.
“No, republicans won’t have any input into the massive, reckless taxing and spending spree that will stick middle class families with higher cost, lower wages and a socialist country they didn’t vote for, but Democrats do want Republicans help with just one thing,” he explained. “They want us to help raise the credit limit to make it happen.”
In addition, Sen. Rick Scott reasserted his opposition to increasing the U.S. national debt by saying taxpayers were not willing to pay for it. The senator from Florida told reporters on Tuesday, Democrat proposals to buy treasury bonds were “foolish” amid a standoff over raising the debt ceiling in Congress.
Scott appeared to suggest U.S. bonds may go down in value due to political uncertainty moving forward. He had previously criticized what he called the “reckless tax and spend agenda” by the Democrats.
Scott also stressed U.S. taxpayers did not support Democrat fiscal proposals.
“They don’t understand why the federal government can continue to just borrow money… when they can’t even do it in their own personal lives,” he asserted. “…Why doesn’t the Biden administration care about this inflation that’s happening? They see their gas prices are up, their food prices are up, their car prices are up and the Biden administration does nothing about it.”
Scott went on to say Democrat proposals would take the national debt to $45 trillion dollars, which America could not pay for. If funding legislation wasn’t passed by the end of September, the government could face a shut down.