In their desperate and obsessive scheme to sabotage President Joe Biden’s administration, Senate Republicans used the filibuster to block a bill that would raise the debt ceiling.
It’s a move that now threatens to cause a government shutdown and default on the national debt that Republicans themselves piled on during the last administration. Indeed, Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers drove up the debt by trillions of dollars over four years, including with a trillion-dollar tax giveaway to the wealthy and corporations.
Now Republicans are refusing to keep the payments on that debt from being sent out.
On Monday, Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have raised the debt ceiling and kept the government running. Funding will run out on September 30th, which means the government will shut down and the nation will default on the debt in what would be a major blow to the economy in the middle of a pandemic that Republicans also refuse to take seriously.
This is all in opposition to an infrastructure bill that includes critical spending on child care, education, and climate change prevention, all of which Americans support and is paid for via increased taxes on the wealthy.
Republicans are already trying to blame Democrats for the government shutdown and the debt default even though they are the ones who blocked the bill. The Senate is split 50-50 with a tie-breaking vote by Vice-President Kamala Harris giving Democrats a slim majority. That is, when the filibuster isn’t being deployed, which then requires 60 votes.
Americans know exactly who is to blame for the catastrophe our country now faces.
Let me help you with that headline: Republican deadbeats happy to crash economy rather than pay bills they ran up under Trump. https://t.co/JPlCSPreVP
— Mark Sumner (@Devilstower) September 28, 2021
Senate Republicans’ vote to default on the debt is just January 6 in a suit — it’s an assault to destroy America.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) September 28, 2021
The Republican shutdown 2021 starts Thursday. They don’t want to fund the money they let Trump spend, sounds just like a Trump company. The Republicans are willing to tank the US over money they authorized in the Trump budget. Republicans are the financial scofflaw party. https://t.co/l2sGh7xxEm
— Janis Wilds (@janis_wilds) September 28, 2021
BREAKING: The dangerous and irresponsible Republican filibuster to prevent a government shutdown and economic calamity once again makes it crystal clear that this outdated and abused Senate rule needs to go. pic.twitter.com/3DtU3NcQXl
— Fix Our Senate (@FixOurSenate) September 27, 2021
Tonight, Republican obstructionists in the Senate made sure that the House deal passed last week to avoid a government shutdown was dead on arrival, sparking a potential calamity at the end of the month in the event that a shutdown does occur.
— D. Taylor (@DTaylorUH) September 28, 2021
Republican extortion, they refuse to pay the money they borrowed with Trump, https://t.co/NaUOzch6A3
— Progressive Push (@progressivepush) September 27, 2021
So the GOP believes in smaller government. Their method of achieving that? #Government shutdown.
Good thing there are no Republican voters who receive Social Security payments.
— Robin Cooper (@coop522) September 27, 2021
Senate Democrats must stop Republicans from continuing to block critical legislation. The filibuster needs to be brought to an end immediately. Beyond that, Americans need to vote Republicans out of office because all they are interested in doing is sabotaging our country in their quest for absolute power.
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