Senate Republicans block bill to temporarily fund government and raise debt ceiling
Senate Republicans voted Monday to block an interim spending bill to keep government open last October and raise the debt ceiling, an expected outcome that nonetheless brings the United States closer to potentially economic territory catastrophic.
All 49 Senate Republicans in the chamber voted against the bill, while 48 Democrats voted in favor, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passing his vote “no” as a procedural tactic to reconsider the bill. bill later – it took at least 60. votes to overcome filibuster.
The bill includes funds to resettle Afghan refugees and provide disaster assistance to areas affected by natural disasters over the summer, but it also includes a critical measure to pay off debt enlightened by the administration Trump.
Republicans have expressed willingness to support a “clean” bill without an increase in the debt ceiling, which they want Democrats to include in their budget reconciliation plan, a spending bill that can be passed with only 51 votes.