President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE condemned Senate Republicans for a “disgraceful” blockade of Democratic attempts to raise the federal government’s borrowing limit with the U.S. less than two weeks away from a potential catastrophe.
In remarks before a meeting with business leaders, Biden urged GOP senators to end a “cynical, destructive, partisan ploy” and allow Democrats to suspend the debt ceiling without Republican votes.
“The Senate Republicans’ position, I find not only to be hypocritical, but dangerous and a bit disgraceful, especially as we’re crawling our way out of a pandemic that cost us 700,000 lives,” Biden said.
“If they don’t want to do the job, just get out of the way. We’ll take the heat. We’ll do it,” he continued.
GOP senators have vowed to filibuster any bill that raises the federal debt limit, in a bid to force Democrats to use the budget reconciliation process, despite doing so three times under former President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE.
Budget reconciliation allows for the passage of legislation with only 51 votes, the same threshold for a bill that isn’t filibustered, but is far more politically and procedurally difficult. It also forces Democrats to raise the debt ceiling to a specific level, instead of suspending it until a future date.
Biden’s remarks came hours before the Senate was set to vote to end debate on a House-passed bill to waive the debt ceiling through December 2022. Republicans are almost certain to filibuster that measure and prevent Democrats from sending the bill to Biden with only their votes and the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Harris.
Democratic leaders have refused to use the budget reconciliation process to raise the debt ceiling, and Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer: 'Goal' is to pass Biden spending bill before Christmas The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint MORE (D-W.Va.) ruled out changing Senate rules to ban filibustering a debt ceiling increase, raising questions about how Congress could avoid disaster.