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White House banking on another McConnell retreat over the debt ceiling

There is confidence inside the West Wing that the next standoff — slated for December — will end in a deal with Republicans like the last one did.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may be insisting that he won’t help President Joe Biden and Democrats solve a debt ceiling impasse again.

But White House officials are still planning for the Kentucky Republican to climb down as yet another deadline approaches in December, after he convinced 10 Republican colleagues to break the logjam last week.

Inside the White House, aides don’t view McConnell’s insistence as a hard “no.” Instead, they consider the recent vote in the Senate to raise the debt limit for two months a harbinger for the future, underscoring that Republicans could easily join Democrats through regular order if need be.

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by Anonymousreply 3October 15, 2021 7:29 AM

“There's going to be a lot of twists and turns and unforeseen developments along the way,” said Tom Daschle, the former Democratic Senate leader and a veteran of past debt limit fights. “I think the bottom line is they'll find a way to get it done, whether it's through reconciliation or something else.”

by Anonymousreply 1October 15, 2021 7:13 AM

He's got quite the turkey gobler going on there.

by Anonymousreply 2October 15, 2021 7:19 AM

He'll retreat into his protective shell.

by Anonymousreply 3October 15, 2021 7:29 AM
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