(*_ Former President Donald Trump asked Senate Republicans to resist Democrats raising the federal debt ceiling on Wednesday.

Mr. Trump claimed that GOP legislators would be foolish to lose any leverage they have in order to block the Democrats’ agenda.

The only tool Republicans have to negotiate is the debt limit, and they would be foolish and unpatriotic to not use it now,” Mr. Trump stated in a statement. “Don’t lose heart or give in, Republicans. This is the ultimate representation !”

The former president said that even if Democrats are content to pass a $3.5 billion spending bill through party-line votes, they should be responsible for raising debt ceiling to make this spending possible.

” “What the Democrats are proposing on many levels will destroy our Country,” stated Mr. Trump . “Republicans have no choice but do what they must do and the Democrats will have to admit all the horrors they are trying to inflict on the future of the United States .”

His remarks came just one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi passed legislation to suspend the debt limit until December 2022.. Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, attached the provision to a short-term funding bill meant to keep the government open past Sept. 30, when Congress will miss the deadline to pass annual appropriations bills.

The debt-limit bill is facing long odds in the Senate . Republicans have ruled out providing the votes necessary to ensure it clears the Senate‘s 60-vote filibuster hurdle. They claim that Democrats should take control of budget reconciliation.

The process that Democrats use to pass Mr. Biden’s $3.5 trillion package by party-line vote allows for some tax and spending measures to be passed without a filibuster. It also allows certain spending and tax measures to pass with a simple majority 51 votes.

If Washington Democrats want trillions in reckless spending, they can do it all themselves,” stated Mitch McConnell (Ky. Republican).

Democrats denounce the tactics as reckless and point out the fact that a large portion of federal debt is a result of tax cuts that Mr. Trump passed and that were pushed through by Republicans.

“It’s the Trump and Trump that we now have to pay,” stated Charles E. Schumer (New York Democrat).

At the moment, four GOP Senators are likely to support Democrats in their efforts to raise the debt ceiling. Two of those senators are Senators. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy are both from Louisiana, which was hard hit by Hurricane Ida earlier in the month. Because of the disaster assistance, Mr. Kennedy indicated that he would support the bill.

I need the help,” stated Mr. Kennedy. “My people, I mean those in Southwest Louisiana … got hit with one of the most powerful storms that we’ve ever experienced.”

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