“Your lieutenants on Capitol Hill now have the time they claim they did not reach the debt ceiling through self-reconciliation and all the tools to do so,” McConnell said in a letter to the president. “You can’t invent another crisis and you want my help.”
McConnell was one of eleven Republicans who sided with the Democrats to bring the debt ceiling lift to a final vote. McConnell and his GOP colleagues then voted against the last passage.
The debt ceiling debate has become personal at times. McConnell suggested last week that the Democrats play “Russian roulette” on the economy for failing to break the debt ceiling through the process he requested. He called on Pelosi to travel to Europe last week.
“I can only guess that she is hoping the full United States faith and creditworthiness will be cleared,” McConnell said.
Pelosi didn’t let the shot pass. “Russian Roulette from Moscow Mitch. Interesting, ”she said.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Said Tuesday’s vote marks the 50th time President Ronald Reagan has voted on extending the debt ceiling.
“Nobody has clean hands when it comes to the debt ceiling,” he said.
Since the Senate draft only allowed an emergency solution, Hoyer called it a “lousy deal”.