Schumer frustrates GOP, Manchin with fiery debt ceiling speech

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPricing methane and carbon emissions will help US meet the climate moment Democratic senator: Methane fee could be 'in jeopardy' Manchin jokes on party affiliation: 'I don't know where in the hell I belong' MORE (D-N.Y.) sparked anger among Senate Republicans after he railed against them just after they helped advance a short-term debt ceiling extension over a key hurdle.  

The speech from Schumer came after 11 GOP senators joined with all Democrats to end debate on the short-term debt hike. Republicans had worked for hours behind the scenes to try to arm-twist and lock down the at least 10 GOP votes needed to overcome the hurdle.  

The Senate passed the debt ceiling increase on a party-line, 50-48 vote.


Schumer blasted the GOP debt ceiling strategy, accusing them of playing a "dangerous and risky partisan game" and saying Democrats were able to "pull our country back from the cliff's edge that Republicans tried to push us over." 

The remarks angered Republicans, who each voted against the short-term debt ceiling extension in the final vote where only a simple majority was needed. It also sparked pushback from Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Dems see path to deal on climate provisions Overnight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids MORE (D-W.Va.), who could be seen with his hands over his face for part of Schumer's remarks. 

"I didn't think it was appropriate at this time, and we had a talk about that," Manchin told reporters as he left the Capitol for the night. "I'm sure Chuck's frustration was up, but that was not a way of taking it out." 

Manchin added that senators needed to "de-weaponize" and "stop playing politics." 

Manchin could be seen talking with Schumer as the Democratic leader sat at his desk after giving the speech. Senate GOP Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThune endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race Democratic frustration with Sinema rises Senate Republicans raise concerns about TSA cyber directives for rail, aviation MORE (S.D.), one of 11 GOP senators who voted to end debate on the debt bill, and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyIn Montana, a knock-down redistricting fight over a single line Trump-backed bills on election audits, illegal voting penalties expected to die in Texas legislature The Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government MORE (R-Utah) also both approached Schumer on the floor after his speech. 


Thune said he told Schumer that he was frustrated with the tone of the Democratic leader's speech. 

"I thought it was totally out of line. I just thought it was an incredibly partisan speech after we had just helped him solve a problem. ... I let him have it," Thune said. 

Romney, referring to Schumer's remarks, told reporters that "there’s a time to be graceful and there’s a time to be combative, and that was a time for grace." 

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSunday shows - Democrats' spending plan in the spotlight GOP senator: Best thing Trump could do to help Republicans in 2022 is talk about future It's time to make access to quality kidney care accessible and equitable for all MORE (R-Mo.) said he "heard a number of people" on the Senate floor calling Schumer's speech counterproductive. And Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanBiden needs to be both Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Top GOP senators want joint review of Afghan visa process MORE (R-Ohio) said Schumer's remarks were "unnecessarily partisan."  

Sen. Mike RoundsMike RoundsSenate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit Schumer frustrates GOP, Manchin with fiery debt ceiling speech MORE (S.D.), another GOP "yes" vote on the procedural hurdle, told CNN that he thought the comments from Schumer were a "classless speech."



The Senate's vote capped off a weeks-long standoff over how to raise the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenElon Musk rips Democrats' billionaire tax plan Billionaire tax gains momentum The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue MORE has given Congress until Oct. 18, or warned that they could spark a default. 

That led to an entrenched stalemate between Schumer and Republicans, who were trying to force Democrats to raise the debt ceiling on their own under a budget process known as reconciliation. 

The short-term extension is expected to raise the debt ceiling until roughly Dec. 3, according to Treasury Department estimates.