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Debt ceiling fight tests Republicans’ resolve

A legislative struggle to raise the debt ceiling could test Republicans’ resolve as Congress heads towards a busy legislative timetable ahead of the New Year.

The country’s debt limit will either have to be suspended or raised on December 15. Democratic leaders discussed adding a debt ceiling provision to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

This legislative option appears to have bipartisan support, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that he could support the introduction of a debt ceiling provision in the NDAA.

Mitch McConnell (right) and Chuck Schumer, pictured in February 2018 (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP / File CHIP SOMODEVILLA)

However, it appears that this maneuver is not going through the House, as Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had the idea to raise the debt ceiling twice last week. McCarthy said he didn’t think Democrats could garner votes to raise the debt ceiling.

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Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Responds to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, December 3, 2021. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

The NDAA faces an uncertain fate in the House, where up to 38 House Democrats voted against the Defense Authorization Bill in September, opposing the bill’s high spending level . Democratic leaders are hoping to win over many of the 75 House Republicans who helped the NDAA pass earlier this year if they add the debt ceiling amendment.

Democrats believe McConnell could persuade Republicans to get enough Republicans to vote for the debt ceiling and the NDAA package.

“It sounds naive: McCarthy wants to be a speaker and will almost certainly be under pressure from the far right to take a stand and have it respected,” he added. Politics wrote on Monday.

McCarthy helped keep the Republican Conference united before major legislative battles.

Only one Republican, Never Trump Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), voted for the resolution to continue to keep the government open as Tories waged a battle to fund President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates.

No Republican voted for the $ 1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act.

Sean Moran is congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on twitter @ SeanMoran3.


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