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McConnell says no Republicans will vote to raise debt ceiling

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 18: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), joined by Senate Assistant Minority Leader John Thune (R-SD) (L) and Senate Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), speaks following a Senate Republican Policy luncheon at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. McConnell spoke on Israel's military actions against the Palestinians, the January 6th Commission and rising inflation concerns. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Republicans will not vote to increase the debt ceiling, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a new interview, putting additional political pressure on Democrats in the coming weeks.

Washington (CNN)Republicans will not vote to increase the debt ceiling, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a new interview, putting additional political pressure on Democrats in the coming weeks.

"I can't imagine there will be a single Republican voting to raise the debt ceiling after what we've been experiencing," McConnell said in an interview with Punchbowl News published Wednesday.

But the more likely scenario is that Democrats could tie the debt ceiling to a must-pass funding bill at the end of September, which would force Republicans to decide if they'd want to vote to default and shut down the government at the same time.

Republicans, however, voted to approve increases in the debt ceiling under former President Donald Trump, and McConnell does not mention that under his own leadership of the Senate last year, members approved an additional $1. 4 trillion in spending to fight the coronavirus and fund the federal government.

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, said last month he wants to move "sooner rather than later" to raise the national debt ceiling.

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