Schumer on GOP: 'They'll blink'

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday said he believes Republicans will eventually capitulate in the fights over government funding and the debt ceiling.

“At the end of the day, they’ll blink,” Schumer said.

“One thing that’s happened in the last week or two where Republicans have lost dramatic ground is all this internal fighting. And that has weakened them with the public, and strengthened us,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” 

Congress must pass a funding bill by Oct. 1 or the government will shut down for the first time since the 1990s. 

On Friday, the House is likely to pass a government funding bill that would strip money for ObamaCare.

Senate Democrats have vowed to reject the defunding of the Afforable Care Act, and say they are prepared to cut the provision out of the legislation once it passes the House.

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“All of the Republican leadership knows that doing this is a disaster for them,” Schumer said. “They’re not strong enough to resist the Tea Party, and so what they’re hoping is, ‘Well, let it play out.’ ”

Schumer said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) helped create the problem for GOP leaders with his summer campaign to defund ObamaCare.

“He knows that it’s a disaster, and he took this hot potato — which he created — he heated up the potato and threw it over to the House,” Schumer said.

The senior senator said Republicans have backed themselves into a corner trying to raise the debt ceiling, and suggested the fight could put the economy at risk. But he foresees that a bloc of Republicans will eventually help Democrats raise the debt ceiling.

“I think the Republican leadership when we get right up to the debt ceiling, right up to the line, there is such pressure on mainstream Republicans that they stand up within the House and say to Speaker Boehner and Eric Cantor ‘don’t let those 60 Tea Party people dictate, it’s a disaster.’ ”