Republican Senators voted unanimously to block an increase in the debt limit. Technically (get ready for some arcane Senate merde, these people are blowhards) they blocked consideration of the bill at all, because the vote was on “whether to allow a vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill” that would have raised the debt limit and thus provided continued funding for government operations along with emergency funds for damages from natural disasters and other priorities.”
The United States could plunge into an immediate recession thanks to Republicans’ refusal, according to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, who warns that 6 million jobs could be wiped out, sending the unemployment rate surging to 9 percent.
If the limit is not raised the government won’t be able to borrow more money, forcing officials to choose between missing payments on military salaries for more than one million troops, Social Security benefits for 50 million recipients, and the interest it owes to investors. (Trump’s massive 2017 tax cut means the government has fewer funds today, and therefore needs to borrow more.)
And that, kids, is the Republicans voting against keeping the government running. And it was 100% of them. Don’t ever tell me that there is a reasonable Republican or one who might have principles, or even one who might switch teams. They are saboteurs working against the country.