Democrats are distressed over the seemingly inevitable debt default and shutdown of the federal government while there is no other plan.
“I don’t know what the plan B is… Plan B is to have Republicans step up and be responsible,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) told the Hill, blaming Republicans for government disfunction. At the same time, Democrats control Congress and the Executive branch.
“So then, what’s the plan?” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MO) told the publication. “We’ve got to pay our bills,” he added. “This is asinine… People need to remove their heads from their lower extremities.”
Beginning next Friday, all non-essential discretionary functions must be halted by federal agencies, which panics Democrats because House Democrats sent a bill to the Senate that the Republicans do not support.
The bill includes government funding provisions and debt ceiling measures. However, Republicans have no desire to raise the debt ceiling. Doing so would enable Democrats to pass President Biden’s massive spending legislation and tax easily.
“This is a totally Democratic government. They have an obligation to raise the debt ceiling and they will do it,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said. Democrats need at least ten Republicans to bail Democrats out of their difficult position.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Democrats could pass the House bill by a simple majority upon consent.
“You don’t have to filibuster anything. The Democrats want to increase the debt limit. They don’t want to shut down the government. They come to the floor. They got the 50 votes to do it,” Grassley explained.
However, Democrats still seem perplexed.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) stated he is “open to different pathways, but… there’s no question in my mind that it will only happen with Republican votes.”
“I don’t know where else the debt ceiling would go,” he said.
It was revealed in a Wednesday poll that Americans blame Democrats, not Republicans, for the looming debt default and possible government shutdown.
Thirty-three percent of respondents said they would blame Democrats for the shutdown. Sixteen percent said they would blame Republicans, while 42 percent said they would blame both parties. Nine percent said they did not know.