After G.O.P. Leaders Step In, Senate Votes to Raise Debt Ceiling – NYTimes.com
WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders on Wednesday rescued a measure to raise the nation’s borrowing limit, overcoming a threatened filibuster from members of their own party and averting a potential shock to the economy.
A vote to cut off debate on the debt ceiling measure passed 67 to 31, after a dramatic scene on the floor when Republicans managed to muster 12 votes in support, clearing the way for final approval.
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, waited nearly a half-hour as their Republican colleagues refused to vote to end debate on the bill. When it was clear that the debt ceiling increase would fail, they stepped forward in tandem to deliver the deciding votes. Other Republicans followed by changing their votes.
Mitch McConnell: Raising the debt ceiling without conditions ‘irresponsible, unreasonable’
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Sunday that he would seek to attach conditions to another debt ceiling increase requested by Democrats, calling it “irresponsible” and “unreasonable” to do otherwise.
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