GOP ‘surprised and disappointed’ with McConnell over Dem deal
Some Senate GOP members are taking issue with the debit-limit deal announced Thursday between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Several Senate Republicans were “surprised and disappointed” when they learned the deal’s details, sources said.
According to The Hill, one Republican senator said, “you could hear a pin drop,” as McConnell shared the particulars of the plan.
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) shed some light on why the agreement caught his colleagues by surprise. A group of 46 Senate Republicans sent Schumer a letter in August saying, “we will not vote to increase the debt ceiling, whether that increase comes through a stand-alone bill, a continuing resolution, or any other vehicle.”
“I think they feel like maybe we could have pushed it a little longer,” Cramer said. “The problem is the Republican members feel like we’re blinking and blinking a little earlier than might be necessary.”
A minimum of 10 Republicans would need to vote for the motion to pass and pave the way to raise the debt limit by $480 billion, enough to last until Dec. 3.