Schumer frustrates GOP, Manchin with fiery debt ceiling speech

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level Progressive groups urge Schumer to prevent further cuts to T plan 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 ManchinTrump haunts Biden vaccine mandate in courts IRS data proves Trump tax cuts benefited middle, working-class Americans most Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Dems press drillers over methane leaks 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 ThuneThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight MORE (S.D.), one of 11 GOP senators who voted to end debate on the debt bill, and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyUS expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics soon: report GOP anger with Fauci rises No deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline 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 BluntSenate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud 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 PortmanGOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Senate race in Ohio poses crucial test for Democrats Ohio Senate candidate unveils ad comparing Biden to Carter MORE (R-Ohio) said Schumer's remarks were "unnecessarily partisan."  

Sen. Mike RoundsMike RoundsSenate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Overnight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff 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 YellenSenate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Treasury refrains from naming any currency manipulators US could default within weeks absent action on debt limit: analysis 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.