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July 21, 2021, 11:10 a.m. EDT

McConnell comments on Democrats raising debt limit alone 'shameless,' Schumer says

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By Robert Schroeder

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday said comments by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell about Democrats raising the debt limit on their own were "shameless, cynical and totally political." Kentucky Sen. McConnell told Punchbowl News he "can't imagine there will be a single Republican voting to raise the debt ceiling after what we've been experiencing," and suggested Democrats would need to put a suspension or increase in an upcoming bill the party plans to pass on its own. On Tuesday, the White House said President Joe Biden expects Congress will vote to raise the U.S. debt limit. The borrowing limit is suspended through July 31, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned that so-called extraordinary measures her department uses to keep paying obligations may not last long past the end of July.

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