President Joe Biden got a scathing letter from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday telling him that Republicans aren’t going to step up and bail him and his party out anew if they won’t raise the debt ceiling on their own.
The letter comes as McConnell (R-Ky.) stuck his neck out and angered many in his party after agreeing to go along with a temporary two-month extension of the debt ceiling ahead of an Oct. 18 deadline when the government was expected to run out of credit.
In addition, McConnell blasted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who gave a speech on the Senate floor Thursday evening gloating over the fact that McConnell and Republicans cave to Democrats and threw them a lifeline to allow them to pass a debt ceiling increase without having to use the reconciliation process, which would have been detrimental to Democrats.
“Last night, Republicans filled the leadership vacuum that has troubled the Senate since January. I write to inform you that I will not provide such assistance again if your all-Democrat government drifts into another avoidable crisis,” McConnell said in his letter.
“The Senate Democratic Leader had three months’ notice to handle one of his most basic governing duties. Amazingly, even this proved to be asking too much. Senator Schumer spent 11 weeks claiming he lacked the time and the leadership skills to manage a straightforward process that would take less than two weeks,” the minority leader added.
“Whether through weakness or an intentional effort to bully his own members, Senator Schumer marched the nation to the doorstep of disaster. Embarrassingly, it got to the point where Senators on both sides were pleading for leadership to fill the void and protect our citizens. I stepped up,” he wrote.
Schumer took Republicans to task during his speech and criticized them even though they agreed to help Dems pass a debt ceiling increase, which also bothered members of his own party.
“Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans insisted they wanted a solution to the debt ceiling, but said Democrats must raise it alone by going through a drawn-out convoluted and risky reconciliation process,” Schumer said as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) looked on from behind shaking his head and putting his hands on his face in what appeared to be frustration.
“That was simply unacceptable to my caucus.”
A report Friday said that Manchin confronted Schumer and told him that his speech was “f**king stupid.”
McConnell, in his letter, noted further:
Remarkably, even as Republicans saved Americans from his crisis, Senator Schumer kept compounding his failures. Last night, in a bizarre spectacle, Senator Schumer exploded in a rant that was so partisan, angry, and corrosive that even Democratic Senators were visibly embarrassed by him and for him. This tantrum encapsulated and escalated a pattern of angry incompetence from Senator Schumer. It was reminiscent of last year when he joined a protest on the steps of the Supreme Court and shouted threats at individual Justices by name.
This childish behavior only further alienated the Republican members who helped facilitate this short-term patch. It has poisoned the well even further.
I am writing to make it clear that in light of Senator Schumer’s hysterics and my grave concerns about the ways that another vast, reckless, partisan spending bill would hurt Americans and help China, I will not be a party to any further effort to mitigate the consequences of Democratic mismanagement. Your lieutenants on Capitol Hill now have the time they claimed they lacked to address the debt ceiling through standalone reconciliation, and all the tools to do it. They cannot invent another crisis and ask for my help.