The Senate GOP’s ‘no-show bill’ could be ‘dead’
GOP lawmakers have been scrambling to craft a “no-shows” bill that will give the Senate a chance to pass a GOP budget that would allow them to raise the federal debt ceiling without a Democratic filibuster.
The Senate is set to vote on the measure Tuesday, with the GOP holding a slim 52-48 majority.
Democrats could block the bill if they’re confident it would do nothing to stop the debt from rising, but the bill has not yet received the required support from senators.
The bill, however, has faced fierce opposition from Democrats who are concerned it would raise the debt ceiling too soon and could force a default on the nation’s credit rating.
The bill would also allow Republicans to pass tax legislation without Democratic support, but that legislation has not passed Congress.
The bill would give the House the power to approve or disapprove a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, but House Republicans would need to reach agreement on it before the Senate can take up the measure.
The legislation has been met with opposition from some of President Donald Trump’s top aides and top lawmakers, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnay.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called the bill a “dead-end bill.”
“It’s the worst bill I’ve ever seen,” Schumer told CNN on Thursday.
“I don’t know why they’re even doing this.
This is the worst proposal they could come up with.”
Democrats have also called the legislation “dead” and have vowed to block the measure from moving forward.
“The only thing you can do is kill it,” Schumer said, according to Politico.
“It is dead, it is dead.
We will not vote for it.
We have to kill it.
They will never get to it.”
Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters on Thursday that the bill would not pass the Senate because Democrats would block the GOP budget bill.
“There’s no way that this is going to get through the Senate,” Cornyn said.
“That’s the only way it can pass the House.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the GOP is willing to work with Democrats to avoid a default.
“I think the bill is dead because we’re not going to be able to get our spending plan through,” McConnell told reporters.
“We’re going to have to wait until the end of October.”
The legislation was crafted after the Senate passed a spending bill that had passed the House but was blocked in the Senate.
The House bill was passed by the Senate on a party-line vote on March 23, but Republicans blocked it on the Senate floor after the House passed its own version of the bill.
In the past, Republicans have sought to pass short-term spending bills that could be enacted quickly, but not in the event of a default by the federal government.