Democrats set to hammer GOP debt bill on campaign trail



House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (DN.Y.) set the tone earlier this week, privately telling Democrats at a leadership meeting that the debt vote could be brought to the people American in the same way that liberals have responded to Republican privatization efforts. Social Security, repeal Obamacare and pass the 2017 tax cut package, according to a person familiar with his remarks.

“We are trying to do what is right for the American people, which is to make sure that we avoid a dangerous default and that America pays its bills,” he said Wednesday in a brief interview.

Democratic groups are already preparing to unseat Republicans on the debt standoff. The DCCC said vulnerable Republicans were “helping to build the case against themselves” and their re-election, and House Majority PAC singled out frontline Republicans who voted for the bill.

Focusing on the GOP debt bill and proposed cuts is not without its own political pitfalls. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) has made it clear that his caucus is not responding to President Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) legislation – ultimately placing the issue between President Joe Biden and the Speaker after it is passed in the House.

By contrast, the 2017 tax bill passed into law with a trifecta of GOP results, giving Democrats real consequences to use against Republicans. It also gave candidates a way to campaign against Republicans without tying them specifically to then-President Donald Trump.

But what Democrats saw as an effective midterm campaign message in 2022 around the Jan. 6 insurrection and abortion rights may end up ranking higher on the list than potential spending cuts.



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