October 7th, 2013
09:09 AM ET
10 months ago

Sen. Schumer: pass a clean debt limit increase

Updated 10/7/2013 at 10:10am

(CNN) - Sen. Chuck Schumer Monday called on House Republicans to pass a "clean" increase to the government's debt ceiling, a day after House Speaker John Boehner said a clean increase just wasn't going to happen.

Schumer was on CNN's "New Day" warning against the dangers of Congress failing to increase the nation's $16.7 trillion limit on how much money can be borrowed. How dangerous is it? "The economy could collapse," Schumer told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "Will it? No one is certain."

Tea party momentum keeping Boehner from allowing a "clean" vote on the debt limit increase will wane as the country approaches the Oct. 17 deadline, said the longtime Democratic senator from New York. But compromise, on the federal budget, on Obamacare and other Republican priorities, he said, can only come after the debt limit is increased and the government is funded.

"You cannot negotiate under these situations because it gets worse," said Schumer, the third ranking Democrat in the Senate.

When asked about the Democrats' role in seeking compromise, Schumer was adamant that the majority party in the Senate is not enjoying the partial government shutdown.

"It's painful to all of us," he said.

The partial shutdown has long been planned by tea party Republicans, Schumer charged. He argued that Boehner, R-Ohio, has already gotten the government funding level he wanted and is holding up a vote on a "clean" funding bill for which Schumer believes there are dozens of Republican votes in the House of Representatives, enough votes to make a majority when combined with House Democrats.

"The real reason he doesn't is it would enrage the tea party," Schumer said of Boehner's refusal to allow a vote.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


Filed under: Charles Schumer • Congress • Government Shutdown • John Boehner
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. $$$$

    By passing a clean debt bill the Democrats are caving in on the elimination of any of the sequester cuts. These sequester cuts have already started reducing the deficit.

    October 7, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. tom l

    The govt is going to collect record revenues this year and we're still running a deficit. What is so hard for dems to understand that things must change? And what is this drivel that we have never negotiated when the debt ceiling comes up? There have been several occasions where this has happened. I'm not sure how the dems just gloss over the fact that Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling (one of his few actual votes that weren't just "present") which would be, in effect, wanting to negotiate the debt ceiling. Why the intellectual dishonesty?

    October 7, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Data Driven

    "The real reason he doesn't' is it would enrage the tea party," Schumer said of Boehner's refusal to allow a vote."

    Schumer and other liberals need to wake up - the "tea party" is not holding Boehner hostage. Boehner is part of the "tea party". He is with the enemy. The sooner this is understood, the sooner a remedy will occur before the 17th, which, by the way, will probably involve the President taking drastic Executive action to stop the impending economic catastrophe, like invoking the 14th Amendment to pay the bills. Obama will have to break the Constitution to save the country. Well, it won't be the first time - read up on the Civil War for more details.

    I think Congress might be able to override Boehner too, but that's a lot of cats to herd. We'll see.

    October 7, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Republicans are way out of line. The fact of the matter is that the Tea Party isn't seeking to negotiate on a budget. They are trying to overturn a law that they do not like. They brag that the Constitution gives the House the power to control the nation's purse strings. Yet, the Republicans are quick to blame Democrats for the shutdown.

    There is nothing to negotiate. Republicans have spent the past three years boasting "no compromise" to one another. Democrats have already compromised in more ways than one. First and foremost, they agreed with the Republicans' spending level. Secondly, Democrats are not bringing a bucket list of demands to the table like the Republicans have done.

    October 7, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. What's in that tea anyway?

    We still have Tea Trolls supporting this mess...really? You Tea Baggers have made your point, we americans agree to voting you out in 2014, that's guaranteed. Now pass the clean spending bill and raise the debt limit NOW

    October 7, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Do NOT budge an inch on ACA ACT. Know it is the LAW OF THE LAND. GOP is getting bribes by Hospitals, Doctors, Insurance companies, pharmacy companies. Stop it.

    October 7, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Send the GOP packing!

    October 7, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "You cannot negotiate under these situations because it gets worse," said Schumer, the third ranking Democrat in the Senate. The partial government shutdown has long been planned by tea party Republicans, Schumer charged. .... "The real reason he doesn't' is it would enrage the tea party," Schumer said of Boehner's refusal to allow a vote.
    --------------------------
    The Tea Party people campaigned for office with promises of shutting down government in order to cut spending. Yet, they deny that they are to blame for the government shutdown. There is no negotiating with a group that keeps moving the bar.

    October 7, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    John Boeher is violating his oath to the uphold the constitution of the United States, thus giving him a place in history right along side Aaron Burr.

    October 7, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. michael

    Come Democrats answer fire with fire! Attach defunding for no child left behind, Bush Tax cuts, and withhold paychecks for those who vote against funding the government, pass immigration, the presidents jobs bill and a minimum wage increase! Then we will get a clean bill! These extortionist, terrorist masquerading as conservative politicians have no love for the poor, middle class, seniors, federal workers, or this country!

    October 7, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Kenny K

    I thought Republicans like cuts in spending. How come they do not like Sequestration?

    October 7, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Data Driven

    Tom L,

    "And what is this drivel that we have never negotiated when the debt ceiling comes up? There have been several occasions where this has happened"

    Sure, we've done it before, but it was wrong then, too. What's your point?

    As for Obama voting against a debt ceiling increase, well, while you were researching that nugget, did you also find documentation that he was on board for shutting down the government in order to get ideological cookies into any debt-raising bill?

    False equivalencies are convenient. They're also rebellion talking points. I'm sorry to see that you're on board with the rebellion, Tom. It seems to me that one can be a conservative and not wish the country to collapse after the 17th. Think carefully if that's what you really want.

    October 7, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. tom l

    I believe there have been over 50 instances of negotiations with regards to the "debt ceiling". Barack Obama, as a senator, voted against raising the debt ceiling. So wasn't he, in effect, negotiaiting with regards to the debt ceiling? Why the outright lie that we haven't negotiated before? I don't get it...

    October 7, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    The govt is going to collect record revenues this year and we're still running a deficit. What is so hard for dems to understand that things must change? And what is this drivel that we have never negotiated when the debt ceiling comes up?
    --------------------------
    Not only have Democrats already compromised with the Tea Party by accepting their budget number, they will never negotate settled law over a budget. All previous shutdowns have been over discretionary spending levels. And this CR is for only a few weeks. In a few weeks, the mafia will be back to extort more concessions. No. It's not going to work that way.

    The Affordable Care Act is not discretionary spending, which means that it is spending that the House *does not* directly control. Is the Tea Party so head strong that they do not realize that what goes around comes around? Or are they simply not planning to ever see a conservative in the White House.ever again?

    The Tea Party is demanding compromise. Okay, so what is the Tea Party offering? Oh, yeah, that's right. Nothing. They're offering nothing because they've been telling their base for the past three years that they do not compromise.

    October 7, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The real reason he doesn't is it would enrage the tea party," Schumer said of Boehner's refusal to allow a vote."

    I can only speak for myself. This isn't hardball. This is extortion. As in shutting down the United States government to continue to stay on the good side of two billionaire brothers who have nothing left in their lives but power grabbing control over the United States government. Trying to buy the United States government doesn't sit well with me. I make no apologies for my views.

    October 7, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. jpmichigan

    The President as well as the Congress have been violating their oath of office. Bills signed in to law can only be changed by the Congress, yet the President for political reasons made mandatory changes in the ACA. More revenues is being taken in since the return of the Bush tax cuts, January 1, 2013, yet we spend more than we have. We continue to support countries that hate us and kill Americans , financially and with weapons they used on Americas. The chickens have come home to roust, it is time for the President and the Congress to lead and govern, but instead place blame on each other when they ALL are at fault. Good leaderships is shown through negotiation and compromise, this country lacks GOOD LEADERSHIP, instead we have dictatorship via political parties, of which do not place the American people first.

    October 7, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    I believe there have been over 50 instances of negotiations with regards to the "debt ceiling". Barack Obama, as a senator, voted against raising the debt ceiling. So wasn't he, in effect, negotiaiting with regards to the debt ceiling? Why the outright lie that we haven't negotiated before? I don't get it...
    ----------------------------
    Your beliefs are what's the problem. Go get some facts. All previous shutdowns were about appropriations to discretionary spending. Never befoer has a shutdown been allowed to occur because one side wants to re-negotate the law of the land. Never before have we seen government defunded because one side didn't like a Supreme Court decision, or because they lost an election. Never. Never in our history has this happened, and it would be very bad to allow it to start.

    October 7, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Gunderson

    Hey Shummy,
    Ok Doky, You get rid of Obama Care, extend Bush Tax Cuts for another 10 years and we give you clean debt increase. How you like them apples? So what Shummy, what you do for fiscal responsibility ??

    October 7, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Merely bringing a threat of shutting down the government to the table is not negotiating, John. That is treason.

    October 7, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    jpmichigan

    The President as well as the Congress have been violating their oath of office. Bills signed in to law can only be changed by the Congress, yet the President for political reasons made mandatory changes in the ACA. More revenues is being taken in since the return of the Bush tax cuts, January 1, 2013, yet we spend more than we have.
    ----------------------
    More revenues is a sign of economic recovery. I guess you must have missed Spkr Boehner on "This Week" yesterday. He just about openly admitted that the Tea Party [ I can't bring myself to say Republicans, anymore. ] that the Tea Party has shut down the government to extract concessions from Democrats. His latest whine sounded like this, "spending".

    October 7, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How can we pay for republican unnecessary wars if we shut down the government? How can we continue to send money to the red states when they hate America? The country has had good leadership for 5 years, but the baggers only know that his skin is not the same as the previous 43 presidents.

    October 7, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. kirk

    Comprise, how are you to negotiate with a man who refuses to even say the word compromise? He is working for the Koch brothers, so they have all the money they need, rwnj do you nit think they are trying to control our government? Wake up, nobody gives billions for any other reason, the are spending billions to help the working class? Really? How, i don't see it. Every move they make is intended to hurt the poor and middle class, g!et their puppets out of our government!

    October 7, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gunnysack – your prescription for success gave us our great republican depression and the the Bush great recession of 2008. You need to rethink the bagger position.

    October 7, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |