Tensions rise on Capitol Hill over debt ceiling

Debt ceiling increase sends Dems into full apocalypse mode: ‘Chaos,’ ‘recession,’ ‘global financial crisis’

The prospect of negotiating a debt ceiling increase with Republicans is prompting warnings of financial smash and chaos from President Biden’s White House and Democratic leaders within the House and Senate.

Democrats for days now have been fixated solely on what may occur if there isn’t a settlement to boost the debt ceiling by the summer time, and never the way more doubtless chance of agreeing to spending cuts on the federal degree over the following few months in return for an increase within the authorities’s borrowing restrict.

The Democrats’ dire predictions began with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who informed House Republicans final week {that a} debt ceiling hike could be wanted by June. She urged lawmakers to shortly elevate the ceiling in an effort to permit the federal government to maintain paying its obligations and “shield the full religion and credit score of the United States.”

Over the weekend, Yellen speculated at size about what would occur if Congress failed to boost the debt ceiling by June, and predicted “irreparable hurt to the U.S. financial system, the livelihoods of all Americans and international financial stability.”


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is one of many Democrats warning of economic ruin because of the GOP push to negotiate spending cuts as part of a debt ceiling increase. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is certainly one of many Democrats warning of financial smash due to the GOP push to barter spending cuts as a part of a debt ceiling increase. (Al Drago/Bloomberg through Getty Images)

“If that occurred, our borrowing prices would increase and each American would see that their borrowing prices would increase as properly,” Yellen mentioned. “On high of that, a failure to make funds which might be due, whether or not it’s the bondholders or to Social Security recipients or to our navy, would undoubtedly trigger a recession within the U.S. financial system and will trigger a world financial disaster.”

The White House has equally spent the final week warning of apocalyptic financial eventualities that might observe a call to not elevate the debt ceiling by June. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accused Republicans of “threatening to kill tens of millions of jobs and 401(ok) plans by attempting to carry the debt restrict hostage.”

Jean-Pierre warned repeatedly {that a} debt ceiling hike was not open to negotiation. “There won’t be any negotiations over the debt ceiling,” she mentioned, including that it’s an “obligation” of Congress to boost the ceiling with out situation and “keep away from financial chaos.”

President Biden himself known as Republicans “fiscally demented” final week for looking for cuts to the federal authorities’s $6.3 trillion annual price range, which grew by greater than 50% when the COVID pandemic hit. Today, the federal authorities continues to be spending practically $2 trillion greater than what it spent simply earlier than the COVID pandemic that Biden has declared to be “over.”


President Biden called Republicans "fiscally demented" for seeking cuts from near-record high levels of federal spending.

President Biden known as Republicans “fiscally demented” for looking for cuts from near-record excessive ranges of federal spending.

On the Senate flooring Monday, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., mirrored these speaking factors by speaking about the potential for default months down the highway as an alternative of how the following few months could be used to hammer out an settlement.

“Listen to what might occur if we default,” he mentioned on the Senate flooring. “Interest charges will go up on mortgages, on automotive loans, on bank cards. Pensions, the cash individuals had put apart, will lose billions. So will IRAs and 401(ok)s in all probability. Home values will decline as a result of when mortgage rates of interest go up, individuals are prepared to pay much less for properties.”

“Brinksmanship, hostage-taking, default on the debt must be off the desk,” Schumer added. “House Republicans’ strategy to the debt ceiling, destabilizing, and the one factor it accomplishes is making a bipartisan resolution much less doubtless.”


The Democrats’ dire warnings have come although most Republicans have mentioned they’ve little interest in a default and need to use the necessity for a debt ceiling increase to pare again what they are saying has been extreme federal spending over the previous few years.

Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, who chairs the House Budget Committee, mentioned Democrats are vastly overestimating the hazard of negotiations.

“This apocalyptic rhetoric over the debt ceiling from my Democrat colleagues is irresponsible and distracts from the actual challenge — the dire necessity of reining in our unsustainable deficit spending and stopping the catastrophic penalties of a sovereign debt disaster,” he informed Fox News Digital.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the White House will not negotiate on a debt ceiling increase.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned the White House won’t negotiate on a debt ceiling increase.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“We have a number of months to achieve a bipartisan deal, which Congress has efficiently carried out quite a few instances in previous debt ceiling negotiations,” he added. “While defaulting on our debt is an unrealistic end result, bankrupting the nation and our kids’s future is an actual and irreparable situation.”

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has known as for talks with the White House as quickly as potential to keep away from a default and get an settlement in place early within the course of.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Kevin Hern, R-Okla., final week criticized nationwide press protection of the debt ceiling, which he mentioned has been crammed with “irrational shock and horror.” He mentioned Republicans should ignore Democrats’ effort to label the GOP push for spending reductions as “reckless and irresponsible,” and mentioned the extra terrifying prospect for America is continuous to pile on “unsustainable debt.”

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, additionally dismissed Democratic fearmongering in an interview with Reuters final week.

“That’s what they are saying each time. It’s like clockwork,” Roy mentioned in an interview. “We’re already barreling towards a recession. The query is what it’ll appear like – except the mixture of financial coverage and monetary coverage saves us from our stupidity of getting spent a lot cash.”

On Tuesday, the Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action informed Fox News Digital in an unique assertion that stress created by the debt ceiling is an “indispensable device” to cut price for cuts, and mentioned it backs the broadly supported GOP plan to cap spending at fiscal 12 months 2022 ranges as a begin. That 12 months nonetheless had near-record spending ranges, and Heritage prompt taking aggressive steps to curb pointless spending.


“These insurance policies might embody regulatory reforms, rescissions of unspent COVID funds, reforms to the civil service, allowing reform, and others,” Heritage mentioned. “During this course of, conservatives ought to reject reckless proposals to remove or droop the debt restrict, and guarantee any increase is a clear greenback quantity.”

Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., mentioned he doesn’t consider a debt default is within the playing cards as Democrats have been predicting.

“In the tip, I believe the essential factor to recollect is that America mustn’t ever default on its debt,” he mentioned. “It by no means has and it by no means will. But we are going to find yourself in some sort of negotiation with the administration over what are the circumstances or situations below which the debt ceiling be raised… No, I’d not be involved with a financial disaster.”

Fox News’ Kelly Laco contributed to this report.