This past Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) put forth a letter addressed to Democrats inside which he tasked them with a schedule for the passing of the current bills being talked about in Congress, and the changing of the debt ceiling.
“Let me be clear about the task ahead of us: we must get a bill to the President’s desk dealing with the debt limit by the end of the week. Period,” stated Schumer as part of his letter.
“We do not have the luxury of waiting until October 18th, as it is our responsibility to re-assure the world that the United States meets our obligations in a timely fashion and that the full faith and credit of the United States should never be in question. The consequences of even approaching the X date could be disastrous for our economy and devastating to American families,” he continued.
Reportedly, Schumer also made a push to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the insanely massive social policy legislation before the end of the month.
“We can get this done, together, if we put aside our differences and find the common ground within our party. It will require sacrifice,” wrote Schumer.
“Not every member will get everything he or she wanted. But at the end of the day, we will pass legislation that will dramatically improve the lives of the American people. I believe we are going to do just that in the month of October,” he tacked on.
Schumer also stated that he was aimed to get to a final deal “within a matter of days, not weeks.”
The Hill reported that “Schumer, in his letter, warned that if they aren’t able to break the stalemate over the nation’s borrowing limit, then the Senate ‘will likely be forced to remain in session over this weekend’ and ‘possibly’ through a one-week recess scheduled to start on Oct. 11.”
This past week, Democrats were not able to reach an agreement concerning the pieces of legislation. Many progressives in the House have held firm to their stated price tag on social spending, but the more moderates throughout the Senate, such as Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), have made it clear that will not vote for such an expensive bill. The moderate House Democrats have wanted to see the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed, but the more progressive members were able to hold up the negotiations as the talks over the insanely large bill continued.