Pelosi slams Republicans for not voting on debt ceiling
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi berated Republicans for failing to vote Thursday to raise the debt ceiling, asking why Democrats must always be more responsible.
The Speaker of the House greeted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at his weekly press conference. On Tuesday, the House voted to extend the debt ceiling until December 2022 and keep government open until December 3 of this year.
“They voted to shut down the government and not honor the full faith and credit of the United States of America,” Pelosi said, noting that the bill provided for disaster relief for those affected by Hurricane Ida, which affected several Republican districts.
The House vote followed strictly party lines, with 220 Democrats voting for and 211 Republicans voting against. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he will not support lifting the debt ceiling.
The White House budget office has reportedly told federal agencies to prepare for the possibility of a government shutdown, fearing a funding resolution will not be reached.
Ms Pelosi criticized her fellow Republicans for making it a controversial topic.
“Why should we, as Democrats, always come to the rescue when it comes to a Republican president,” she told reporters, noting that she and other Democrats voted for lift the debt limit, including when Donald Trump was president.
“The former president was famous for not paying his bills, and they want to start over,” she said. “But we cannot let them do this and jeopardize our economy.”
Ms. Yellen has previously warned Congress that the department may run out of tools to maintain full U.S. confidence and credit by October.