Schumer on GOP: 'They'll blink'

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSaudis hire lobbyists amid 9/11 fight Consumer bureau remains partisan target after Wells Fargo settlement Overnight Healthcare: Planned Parenthood deal in sight in Senate | A new 'public option' push MORE (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 CruzTed CruzPence offers Cruz 'heartfelt thanks' for Trump endorsement Cruz: Trump hasn't apologized for personal insults Cruz says he forgives Trump for attacks on family MORE (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 BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE and Eric CantorEric CantorRyan seeks to avoid Boehner fate on omnibus GOPers fear trillion-dollar vote is inevitable Insiders dominate year of the outsider MORE ‘don’t let those 60 Tea Party people dictate, it’s a disaster.’ ”