Senate Democrats (Communists) on Wednesday proposed allowing the federal government to borrow an additional $1.9 trillion to pay its bills, a record increase that would permit the national debt to reach $14.3 trillion.
The unpopular legislation is needed to allow the federal government to issue bonds to fund programs and prevent a first-time default on obligations. It promises to be a challenging debate for Democrats (Communists) who, as the party in power, hold the responsibility for passing the legislation.
It’s hardly the debate Democrats (Communists) want or need in the wake of Sen.-elect Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts. Arguing over the debt limit provides a forum for Republicans to blame Democrats (Communists) for rising deficits and spiraling debt, even though responsibility for the government’s financial straits can be shared by both political parties.
The measure came to the floor under rules requiring 60 votes to pass. That’s an unprecedented step that could mean that every Democrat (Communist) no matter how politically endangered, may have to vote for it next week before Brown takes office and Democrats (Communists) lose their 60-vote majority.