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As the White House stressed the urgency of raising the debt ceiling to avoid a government default, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that the House would pass legislation to fund the government that includes a debt-limit suspension through the end of next year.
It was a dare to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who would need to lend some Republican votes for it to pass the Senate. He was unfazed.
"Since Democrats decided to go it alone, they will not get Senate Republicans' help with raising the debt limit," McConnell said after Pelosi and Schumer's announcement. "I've explained this clearly and consistently for over two months. We do not have divided government. Democrats do not need our help."
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress earliebr this month that the government's money would likely run out in October because of financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement on Monday that the House would pass legislation before October to fund the government through the end of the year and tack on a debt-ceiling suspension through December "to once again meet our obligations and protect the full faith and credit of the United States."
"Addressing the debt limit is about meeting obligations the government has already made, like the bipartisan emergency COVID relief legislation from December as well as vital payments to Social Security recipients and our veterans," the lawmakers wrote. "Furthermore, as the Administration warned last week, a reckless Republican-forced default could plunge the country into a recession."
Republican lawmakers have said they won't get involved with raising the debt limit and want Democrats to go at it alone, citing their "irresponsible spending" on a $3.5 trillion social-spending bill. By tacking on the debt ceiling to the government-funding legislation, Pelosi and Schumer are daring the GOP to vote for a default.
"The American people expect our Republican colleagues to live up to their responsibilities and make good on the debts they proudly helped incur in the December 2020 '908' COVID package that helped American families and small businesses reeling from the COVID crisis," Pelosi and Schumer wrote, referring to the December stimulus package passed under President Donald Trump.
On Sunday, Pelosi wrote in a letter that every time the debt limit has needed to be raised, "Congress has addressed it in a bipartisan basis." On the same day, Yellen urged Congress to come together to raise the limit, citing the "economic catastrophe" that could result with the failure to do so.
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sneggleblech · 22 hours ago
How did you get into ancap?
I've always been a capitalist and opposed to government involvement in our private lives, as well as involuntary taxation. I've believed that having only two really viable options in regard to political parties was bullshit since I was old enough to understand the whole thing. It got worse when I realized that, based on the majority of the politicians in actual positions of power, both parties are the same. I considered myself an independent conservative for a long time, but only in theory because of what politics has made that word mean. I realized libertarianism was more my view thanks to Eric July and the events of last year (2020), but I still wasn't in favor of anarchy until the last election and the aftermath. I realized that it's finally time to stop believing voting makes any difference. Democracy is mob mentality and mob rule, and I cannot, in good conscience, support that. Especially after seeing where it has lead. The idea of the republic has been destroyed by it. I'm done. The only authority I recognize is God. And the US isn't the only place that has opened my eyes.
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feminismandmedia · 12 months ago
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[image description: a tweet by user @indigenousAI saying
"fun fact: as a DV survivor i cannot register to vote because doing so makes my address public. anyone who is fleeing or hiding from an abuser is automatically disenfranchised from the political process and this is a feature, not a bug"]
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ruinsoftheempire · 9 months ago
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If you're living in Georgia, early voting has started for the Senate runoff race. Get out there if you can, and make sure your voice is heard. Mitch McConnell needs his power stripped away for the benefit of our country!
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seymour-butz-stuff · 6 months ago
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If there were so much "proof" of voter fraud, why haven't the GOP used it yet?
The Republican Party stands the most to gain from proving widespread voter fraud. In fact they'd gain...everything. If they could prove that the Democrats "stole" the 2020 election via fraud, then they could effectively end the Democratic Party. Full stop.
They could use their "proof" to paint every Democratic candidate for the next generation as a member of the "party of voter fraud." They'd become the majority party in a heartbeat, and Nancy Pelosi couldn't be elected dog catcher in San Francisco.
Yet they're not doing that. Weird, huh? It's almost like they know the claims of "widespread voter fraud" aren't true. Does anybody really think the GOP wouldn't jump at the chance to demolish the Dems once and for all?
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bi-succubus · 15 hours ago
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you don’t want me to get an abortion?
fine.
then you wouldn’t mind coming to the hospital with me when I give birth and taking immediate custody of the fetus once it’s born?
paying for the plethora of tests that will be conducted when they realize it has a serious health condition that needs immediate attention?
paying for the multiple medication they will put them on?
paying for the doctors visits that will surely follow to keep up with and attempt to control their condition?
no?
then shut your goddamn mouth and mind your fucking business.
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commodifiedsouls · 7 months ago
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The only thing I'll mourn about Rush Limbaugh's death is that it happened about 40 years too late. He damaged political discourse in this country beyond repair and is in large part responsible for today's right-wing radicalization and disregard for truth. Good fucking riddance.
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feminismandmedia · a year ago
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LPT: Don't throw your junk mail away. Use it to to help the USPS instead!
Next time you get a credit card offer in the mail, or a junk piece of mail that includes a prepaid envelope or postcard, don't throw it away! Send the envelope back with a blank sheet of paper inside, or don't fill the postcard out, but still send it back. The company that sent it to you had to pay the USPS for postage on each one they get back. This is a way to support the USPS by doing very little, and sticking it to the annoying companies that want all of your money.
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asderathos · 3 months ago
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People who say “it takes a village” need to realizing they’re just regurgitating trash brained commie propaganda.
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