The House passed a $19 trillion spending bill Friday night that will give the House the power to raise the nation’s debt limit through the end of the month.
The measure was backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The House is expected to vote on the measure Wednesday.
Democrats were disappointed, but Democrats did not want to risk the possibility of a government shutdown in the middle of the year.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that the GOP is playing politics with the American people and that it is “unprecedented and irresponsible” to put the nation into a default.
“Republicans are playing politics,” Pelosi said on CNN.
“They’re putting the blame for a shutdown on the American public.”
Republicans have been urging President Donald Trump to use the threat of a shutdown to negotiate a new debt ceiling deal with Democrats.
Republicans argue that their strategy will not only keep the government funded but also allow them to pass tax cuts, increase the size of the debt limit and negotiate an extension of the federal government’s borrowing authority.
“We don’t need a shutdown, we need a deal,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R of Wisconsin, told Fox News Friday.
“And we’re working with the Senate, we’re doing the best we can to get a deal done, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Ryan said the president will likely make a decision on whether to use his power to negotiate new debt limit increases by March 10, but he added that the decision is a “long shot.”
“There’s no chance of him actually raising the debt ceiling,” Ryan said.
“But there is a chance he could negotiate a deal.
He could negotiate something that we can get passed by the Senate.
He’s not going to raise that debt ceiling until after March 10.”
Democrats, on the other hand, argue that the threat is a false one.
“I don’t think he will use the debt-limit increase as leverage to negotiate any kind of bipartisan agreement, but there’s nothing in the bill that suggests he would,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D, Md., said on MSNBC.
“It’s a clear indication that the president is willing to use this threat of default as leverage, and I think that’s an unfortunate way to treat the American taxpayer.”
Democrats and Republicans are expected to agree on a debt limit deal in the coming days.