The method to Mitch McConnell's debt ceiling madness

Mitch McConnell.
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There is a method to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's madness on the debt ceiling. If Democrats want to increase the statutory limit on the federal government's borrowing authority — and they will have to just to fund existing spending commitments, to say nothing of their ambitious future plans — the Kentucky Republican has put them on notice that they will need to do so without GOP support.

"They have the House, the Senate, and the presidency. It's their obligation to govern," McConnell said. "And, you know, the essence of governing is to raise the debt ceiling to cover the debt."

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