Sen. John Barrasso says Democrats apologized to him for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s caustic speech last week trashing Republicans over negotiations on extending the federal government’s debt ceiling.
“It was a tantrum by Chuck Schumer and he is known to be a bully. He loves to bully even his own caucus. And just looking at Joe Manchin, how disturbed he was by what happened, a number of Democrats came up to me, including calling me over the weekend to apologize for the terrible behavior of Chuck Schumer,” Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Manchin (D-WV) was caught by CSPAN cameras shaking his head and covering his face with his hands as he sat behind Schumer during the speech on the Senate floor last Thursday.
Eventually, Manchin walked out of the chamber and told reporters that “civility is gone.”
Schumer (D-NY) tore into Republicans during the speech, saying they played a “dangerous and risky partisan game” minutes after 11 GOP senators voted along with all 50 Democrats to end debate on the legislation and proceed to a vote.
The Senate then voted along party lines to extend the ceiling until December.
The short-term deal to avert a government shutdown was proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who was left fuming by Schumer’s comments.
Sen. John Barrasso claims Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer “loves to bully even his own caucus.”Alex Wong/Getty Images
McConnell penned a letter to President Biden the next day to warn him that he and his GOP colleagues will not help the Democrats extend the debt ceiling when it comes up for a vote in December after Schumer’s remarks.
“I am writing to make it clear that in light of Senator Schumer’s hysterics and my grave concerns about the ways that another vast, reckless, partisan spending bill would hurt Americans and help China, I will not be a party to any future effort to mitigate the consequences of Democratic mismanagement,” McConnell wrote in the letter.
McConnell said Schumer’s speech was “so partisan, angry and corrosive that even Democratic Senators were visibly embarrassed by him and for him.”
Sen. Joe Manchin reacts in shame during Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s bitter speech on Republicans.C-SPAN
McConnell initially wanted Democrats to pass the legislation using a process known as reconciliation, which would have required 51 votes in the 50-50 Senate.
Democrats wanted Republican buy-in to show partisan support to extend the debt ceiling.
Barrasso said if Democrats want to extend the debt ceiling again, they’ll have to find a way to do it through reconciliation, warning “they’re entering their winter of discontent.”
The House is expected to take up the measure this week.