Democrats’ Perplexing Political Miscalculation

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) takes questions from reporters following the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., October 5, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein
Biden is mistaken if he thinks he will escape responsibility for any breach in the debt limit.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E ven though the debt limit showdown appears to have been temporarily postponed, Democrats remain committed to a strategy aimed at trying to pressure Republicans to join them in raising the ceiling. But the strategy is rooted in a core political miscalculation.

For months, Democrats have steadfastly refused to use the reconciliation process to raise the debt ceiling on a pure party-line basis. Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer has called the idea a “nonstarter.” House speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would rule out the idea of using the procedural maneuver to overcome any Republican filibuster. President Biden has said he cannot guarantee

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