Senator Schumer is out being intentionally destructive to debt limit negotiations, lobbing false accusations and calling people names. Of course, while Majority Leader Cantor has been negotiating with Vice President Biden for two months and President Obama for a week trying to bridge the gap and find a solution, Senator Schumer has been busy not passing a budget for 806 days.
Senator Schumer’s remarks actively undermine the good faith of the negotiations, making a deal less likely. But this wouldn’t be the first time Senator Schumer has attempted to sink bipartisan debt-reduction negotiations.
- March 2011: Senator Schumer Actively Moved To Block Senate Democrats Working On A Bipartisan Debt-Reduction Plan. Mr. Schumer has also tried to unify his party on the fiscal front. For example, he has maneuvered behind the scenes to impede a group of Senate Democrats who are working on a bipartisan debt-reduction plan that would most likely require Republicans to accept the elimination of certain tax breaks in return for Democratic support for cuts in Social Security benefits. “I thought it was a mistake for Democrats” to put Social Security in the cross hairs after Democrats lost so many older voters during the midterms, Mr. Schumer said. (The New York Times, 3/16/11)