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President Biden: ‘Republicans Just Have To Let Us Do Our Job. Just Get Out Of The Way’

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President Biden slammed Republicans Monday for refusing to help raise the debt ceiling, and he asked them to step aside if they’re not willing to vote with Democrats to stop the nation from going into default.

“Republicans just have to let us do our job. Just get out of the way,” he said at the White House. “If you don’t want to help save the country, get out of the way, so you don’t destroy it.”  

The president said Democrats are willing to raise the debt ceiling alone this week but Republicans are stopping them, having blocked two attempts to suspend the debt limit in just the last week.

Last Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Senate to agree to allow a simple majority to vote to raise the debt limit, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell objected, thereby blocking the vote from taking place.

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In a letter to Mr. Biden on Monday, McConnell reiterated Republicans would not help raise the debt limit, and Democrats would have to do it on their own, a stance Republicans have taken since mid-July.

“The debt limit is often a partisan vote during times of unified government. In 2003, 2004, and 2006, Mr. President, you joined Senate Democrats in opposing debt limit increases and made Republicans do it ourselves,” the letter read. “You explained on the Senate floor that your ‘no’ votes did not mean you wanted the majority to let the country default, but rather that the President’s party had to take responsibility for a policy agenda which you opposed. Your view then is our view now.”

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