“I can’t believe the Republicans will let the nation default,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at a news conference.
“They won’t get our help with the debt limit increase that these reckless plans will require,” said McConnell last week. “They control the White House. They control the House. They control the Senate. They can raise the debt ceiling and if it’s raised, they will do it.”
Schumer noted Wednesday the White House and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen want to raise the debt ceiling in a bipartisan fashion, and that the Senate’s rules for passing a budget “limits what you can do there, and doing it outside gives you more flexibility.”
“It has always been bipartisan to deal with the debt ceiling,” said Schumer, pointing out that Democrats joined former President Trump to do so.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also dug in on Wednesday, saying it is up to both parties to pay the country’s bills.
Pelosi told House Democrats on a private call, “this is Trump’s money,” according to a source familiar with it.
“This is paying for his tax scam, this is paying for COVID, a responsibility we all share,” Pelosi said. “For Republicans to say they will never do it is typically irresponsible.”
CNN’s Daniella Diaz, Manu Raju, Morgan Rimmer and Kristin Wilson contributed to this report.